ABOUT THE RESOURCE
"Implementing Open Access Mandates in Europe: OpenAIRE Study on the Development of Open Access" is a book co-authored by Birgit Schmidt (Goettingen State and University Library) and Iryna Kuchma (EIFL-OA Programme Manager), published in November 2012 by Universitätsverlag Göttingen (Goettingen University Press).
This work provides a unique overview of national awareness of open access in 32 European countries involving all EU member states and in addition, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, Switzerland and Turkey. It describes funder and institutional open access mandates in Europe and national strategies to introduce and implement them. An overview of the current European repository infrastructures is given, including institutional and disciplinary repositories, national repository networks, information portals and support networks. This work also outlines OpenAIREplus, a continuation project which aims to widen the scope of OpenAIRE by connecting publications to contextual information, such as research data and funding information. Opportunities for collaboration in order to achieve European and global synergies are also highlighted.
The OpenAIRE project, a joint collaboration among 38 partners from 27 European countries, has built up a network of open repositories providing free online access to knowledge produced by researchers receiving grants from the European Commission or the European Research Council. It provides support structures for researchers, operates an electronic infrastructure and a portal to access all user-level services and works with several subject communities.
Full-text of the book is available free here (PDF, ca. 2 MB).