Berlin Declaration on Open Access

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Oct 22 03:49:14 EST 2003


This is a report from Berlin 22 October. Today at 12:00 there will be a
press release plus the text of the Berlin Declaration, a historically
important step for the Open Access movements worldwide. In this
Declaration, all of Germany's principal scientific and scholarly
institutions, including the Max-Planck Society, as well as a growing
number of their counterparts from other countries (such as France's CNRS)
have signed their commitment to open access to scientific and scholarly
research.

http://www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html

The Berlin Declaration is just the beginning of a series of steps that
the signatories will be taking to promote open access. Among these steps,
the Max-Planck Society is Edoc, an open-access repository of all of the
research output of the Max-Planck Institutes' many research
laboratories. This is a truly remarkable concerted act of institutional
self-archiving, and a superb example for the research world at large.

http://edoc.mpg.de






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