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Open Access and Open Data: Scientists, libraries and publishers focus on future challenges

Free access to publications and data sounds promising, however, the question is: How to ensure scientists will actually find and use these data? This was one essential question controversially discussed by about 100 scientists and representatives of libraries, publishers and research sponsors during an international expert conference "Open Access Open Data 2010", hosted by Goportis, the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information.

Summing up the conference, Open Access, which is relatively established by now, has to be further promoted, regarding models of finance for example. Open Data, free access to scientific data, is essentially a development of the open access idea - to ensure scientific publications can be examined and data used for further analysis. This demands research data to be high-quality, veritable, findable and long term available. Scientific institutions in particular lack practical knowledge in dealing with these data. There is also a need to link with other institutions. Up to now projects are only few and far between. One example is DataCite, an international initiative to establish easier access to scientific research data on the Internet. Jan Brase of TIB Hannover informed the participants of the expert conference about his work. He was one of 16 referees, who reported on their projects, success stories and future trends. The presentations are available online: <http://www.oaod2010.de/> The conference was funded by the department of innovation, science and research of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF).

Goportis is the name of the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information. Partners in Goportis are the three German National Libraries TIB (German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover), ZB MED (German National Library of Medicine, Cologne/Bonn) and ZBW (German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel/Hamburg).Goportis is your expert partner in Germany for the following competence fields: Full text service, licences, non-textual materials, long-term preservation and Open Access. Goportis aims to bundle knowledge in these fields and initiate further developments.

idw :: 27.01.2011