EU thinks of the future

22.02.2007
Good access to research results is important for innovation and further research. Digital publishing has dramatically improved our access. Now the EU Commission launches a strategy to secure access to important scientific information for the future.
"The digital revolution has dramatically improved the way in which scientific information is spread," says Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. "But it also raises new questions about how to preserve scientific information for the future. Today‘s strategy outlines how Europe can best capitalise on the excellent work of its researchers."

Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research, points to innovation as an objective of their new strategy: "New ideas are usually built on the results of previous research. We must make sure that the flow of scientific information contributes to innovation and research excellence in the European Research Area".

According to the EU Commission, 90 percent of all scientific journals are now accessible from the internet. However, online access to the results today does not guarantee that the information will still be there in the future. This is the reason why the Commission thinks we need better organisation in order to aviod loss of important research.

Read more at the EU Commission.
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