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Free Papers Have Reached A Tipping Point, Study Claims

Jocelyn Kaiser | Science | August 20, 2013

Efforts to give the public free access to peer-reviewed papers have reached a milestone: One-half of all papers are now freely available within a year or two of publication, concludes a study funded by the European Commission and released today. [...] Read More »

Geoghegan-Quinn: 'Open Access Is The Default'

Staff Writer | DW | September 10, 2012

European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn tells DW why Open Access to new scientific research is vital for the public, and why traditional publishers know it's time to change. Read More »

Guest Blog: Don’t Confuse Open Source With Open Standards

Amy-jo Crowley | CBR | August 28, 2013

The European Commission has recently published guidelines which will make it easier for public authorities to switch to Open Standards. This move should be commended, but with a caveat. Open Standards do not equate to Open Source, and vendor lock-in is still a probability... Read More »

Half Of 2011 Papers Now Free To Read

Richard Van Noorden | Nature | August 20, 2013

Search the Internet for any research article published in 2011, and you have a 50–50 chance of downloading it for free. [...] The finding, released on 21 August, is heartening news for advocates of open access. But some experts are raising their eyebrows at the high numbers. Read More »

Health Apps To Improve Citizens' Lives

Nerea Rial | New Europe | October 3, 2012

Mobile health (m-health) tools are helping socially disadvantaged citizens with diabetes around the world better manage their condition, a report from the non-profit group eHealth Initative (eHI) says. Read More »

How Helsinki Became The Most Successful Open-Data City In The World

Olli Sulopuisto | The Atlantic Cities | April 29, 2014

...Helsinki Region Infoshare publishes all of its data in formats that make it easy for software developers, researchers, journalists and others to analyze, combine or turn into web-based or mobile applications that citizens may find useful. In four years of operation, the project has produced more than 1,000 "machine-readable" data sources such as a map of traffic noise levels, real-time locations of snow plows, and a database of corporate taxes...

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Intelesense CEO Announces European Beta Release Of Collaborate.org At 11th Annual INSPIRE Conference

Press Release | Collaborate.org, NASA WorldWind | June 27, 2013

During his presentation entitled “Worldwide Collaborative Geospatial Data Infrastructure,” CEO of Intelesense Technologies Dr. Kevin Montgomery introduced Collaborate.org to the attendees of this year’s INSPIRE conference in Florence, Italy on June 27, 2013. Read More »

Italy Is Latest To Promote Open Source Software In Public Procurements

Paul Brownell | OpenSource.com | January 22, 2014

In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses. Importantly, the new rules include an enforcement mechanism, which can, at least in theory, annul decisions that do not follow these procedures. Read More »

Latest 'Open Source' & eHealth News from Europe

The news just keeps coming about the widespread acceptance and increasingly rapid deployment and use of 'open source' software solutions by local and national government agencies in Europe. Federal, state, and local government agencies across the U.S. should pay close attention. Read More »

Making Research Findings Free – Commission’s Decision

Eugene Eteris | The Baltic Course | August 23, 2013

Open access to research publications, so-called “open access” is regarded vital for reaching innovative progress in the EU. Open access is fundamental to improving knowledge circulation and to facilitate innovation in Europe. Therefore, open access will be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from Horizon 2020, as well as for EU's Research & Innovation research funded during 2014-20. Read More »

One Size Fits All?: Social Science And Open Access

David Mainwaring | The Disorder of Things | November 14, 2012

The third post in our small series on open access, publication shifts on the horizon and how it all matters to IR and social science, this time by David Mainwaring [...]. Read More »

Open Access (OA) Research Publications reach the 'Tipping Point'

Science-Metrix just completed three reports on the availability of 'Open Access' scientific literature and data for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The study looked at European Union (EU) countries, as well as Brazil, Canada, U.S., and Japan. The studies are revevent to both the EU and the U.S. Read More »

Open Access In EU Finally On The Horizon?

Ivan Filis | The Political Bouillon | November 13, 2012

Dis­cus­sions on the cost of access to art­icles in schol­arly journ­als have been  rock­ing the inter­na­tional media in the past months – every­where from the Eco­nom­ist to the New York Times. The pro­ver­bial genie has left the bottle, every­day more research­ers, stu­dents, and poli­cy­makers are real­iz­ing how unsus­tain­able today’s way of pub­lish­ing research has become... Read More »

Open Access To Research Data: The European Commission’s Consultation In Progress

Velichka Dimitrova | Open Economics | July 9, 2013

The European Commission held a public consultation on open access to research data on July 2 in Brussels inviting statements from researchers, industry, funders, IT and data centre professionals, publishers and libraries. [...] Read More »

Open Access To Research Publications Reaching 'Tipping Point'

Press Release | Science-Metrix, European Commission (EC) | August 21, 2013

The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called 'open access'—was confirmed today in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available... Read More »