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Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation. For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open Research Data Pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion.

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The Commission recognises that research data is as important as publications. It therefore announced in 2012 that it would experiment with open access to research data (see IP/12/790). The Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 does for scientific information what the Open Data Strategy1 does for public sector information: it aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects for the benefit of society and the economy.

The Pilot involves key areas of Horizon 2020:

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PublicLibraries2020European Parliament Written Declaration 0016/2013 (registered on the 7th of October 2013) recognises the essential services offered by public libraries in communities across the EU which provide opportunities for lifelong learning, social/digital inclusion and pathways to employment (based on new research published in March 2013). This Declaration highlights the fact the public libraries are not just about culture and books – they represent a 65,000 strong pan-European network of community based institutions delivering positive educational, social and economic benefits to 100 million library users across all EU Member States.

We have a three month window to persuade MEPs to sign this Declaration – and if it receives the support of 50% of MEPs (by the 7th January 2014) – the text will be adopted by the European Parliament and forwarded to the European Commission to respond. We need all librarians, library users and library supporters across all 28 Member States to contact their MEPs in support of this important campaign in order to make the most of this unique opportunity!



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The Irish presidency conference Open Innovation 2.0 – Sustainable Economy & Society in Dublin welcomed over 75 international experts who addressed more than 350 delegates from around the world, highlighting how economic growth and job creation can be generated by modern innovation and technology. The major two day international conference closed in Dublin Castle with overwhelming agreement on the drafting of “The Dublin Innovation Declaration”. This ten point declaration, drafted with the intention of harnessing innovation and technology to bring about job creation, will be presented to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.


Presenting the declaration to the conference, Prof Martin Curley, Chairman OISPG & Vice President, Intel Labs Europe, Intel Corporation called on those present to support the ideals and mission of the declaration. “With the support of the delegates and speakers here, at the end of what has been an enlightening and very positive two days of discussion, we have co-created an innovation manifesto which can now bring real change to Europe by creating more wealth, better welfare and improved wellbeing."


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"L'Europe et le livre à l'ère du numérique", Salon du Livre, Paris

25 March 2013

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda

It is a great pleasure for me to be here, among so many book-lovers.


Europe has long led the world in the publishing sector. That's something to be proud of. But let's make sure we're taking every opportunity to stay there.

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