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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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In preparation to H2020, the European Commission (DG CONNECT) has put together a Framework for Action addressing the area of Research Data e-Infrastructures.
The “Action Fiches” propose concrete domains of action. They aim at realising the European vision for a global interoperable data e-infrastructure supporting open, digital-driven, science (note that High Performance Computing and Distributed Computing as such are outside the scope of this consultation).

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The Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector and produce policy recommendations for open access to research data based on existing good practice.

The open access to research data sector includes several different networks, initiatives, projects and communities that are fragmented by discipline, geography, stakeholder category (publishers, academics, repositories, etc.) as well as other boundaries. Many of these organisations are already addressing key barriers to open access to research data, such as stakeholder fragmentation, technical and infrastructural issues, ethical and legal issues, and state and institutional policy fragmentation. However, these organisations are often working in isolation or with limited contact with one another. RECODE will provide a space for European stakeholders interested in open access to research data to work together to provide common solutions for these issues. It will provide over-arching recommendations for a policy framework to support open access to European research data.

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sparc europe logoSPARC Europe undertakes a number of activities aimed to support the research community in bringing positive change to scholarly communications.

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RDA logoRDA is a global alliance, aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. The alliance aims to ease out the exchange, use and re-use of data to speed up discovery and innovation through harmonised data standards, policies, technologies and infrastructure. The alliance was launched by the European Commission, the United States of America and Australia.

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OASPA logo mirroredOASPA offers a forum for bringing together the entire community of Open Access journal publishers.

Our mission is to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.

Through a shared interest in developing appropriate business models, tools and standards to support OA publishing, we can ensure a prosperous and sustainable future to the benefit of our members and the scholarly communities they serve. OASPA would like to thank SPARC Europe for its support during our initial phase of operation.

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oapen logoThe OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.

OAPEN combines the advantages of an independently operating commercial venture with the benefits of being embedded in the scholarly community. Joining the OAPEN network involves no membership costs, while giving you privileged access to information-sharing and lobbying that are an important part of the initiative. Listing your titles in the OAPEN Library involves a fee which starts at around €700, depending on the size of your frontlist, as well as the number of titles submitted to the OAPEN Library.

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OpenAIRE+_LogoOpenAIRE’s three main objectives are to:

  • build support structures for researchers in depositing FP7 research publications through the establishment of the European Helpdesk and the outreach to all European member states through the operation and collaboration of 27 National Open Access Liaison Offices;
  • establish and operate an electronic infrastructure for handling peer-reviewed articles as well as other important forms of publications (pre-prints or conference publications). This is achieved through  a portal that is the gateway to all user-level services offered by the e-Infrastructure established, including access (search and browse) to scientific publications and other value-added functionality (post authoring tools, monitoring tools through analysis of document and usage statistics);
  • work with several subject communities to explore the requirements, practices, incentives, workflows, data models, and technologies to deposit, access, and otherwise manipulate research datasets of various forms in combination with research publications.
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medoanet logoMedOANet addresses the necessity for coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information in Europe. The project will enhance existing policies, strategies and structures for Open Access and will contribute towards the implementation of new ones in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal. It will also promote national and regional coordination of policies, strategies and structures in these six countries and beyond.

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The League of European Research Universities (LERU) logoThe League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of twenty-one leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.

Founded in 2002, LERU advocates education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding; the creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society; and the promotion of research across a broad front in partnership with industry and society at large.

The purpose of the League is to advocate these values, to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience. LERU regularly publishes a variety of papers and reports which make high-level policy statements, provide in-depth analyses and make concrete recommendations for policymakers, universities, researchers and other stakeholders.

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The European projects outputs.

This category is home for descriptive resources about European level orgasations relevant for the information science guild.

This section aggregates content issued by the Council of Europe.
Here are the docucuments going under the Recommendations

Acquis is the accumulated legislation, legal acts, and court decisions which constitute the body of European Union law. The term is French: acquis meaning "that which has been agreed upon", and communautaire meaning "of the community".

Here all the resources related to Actions Plans of the EU.