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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


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.


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