Nordbib Report Launched: “Open Access in the Nordic Countries”

Nordbib is pleased to present the publication Open Access in the Nordic Countries written by the consultants Turid Hedlund and Ingegerd Rabow.
 Nordbib Report Launched: “Open Access in the Nordic Countries”
The paradigm shift within scientific publishing is global and the fast evolvement of Open Access has influenced the concerns of funders, authors, publishers and librarians to take new directions. While areas of dispute still exist, it seems that there is a willingness among the members of all stakeholder communities to explore Open Access opportunities in a spirit of collaboration.

Having the goal to create a joint Nordic approach to Open Access and research distribution Nordbib has commissioned the publication forming the documentation of the Nordbib Workshop on Open Access in Elsinore 23 – 24 April 2007. Part 1 - State of the Art Report is providing information about the present state regarding Open Access in the Nordic countries, while Part 2 - Workshop Views and Recommendations contains an analysis of selected issues chosen as topics for the group discussions undertaken by the 80 participants during the workshop.

The publication points at future challenges such as the handling of copyright issues and finding of financing models that support open access. A general recommendation is that information directed to the research community regarding copyright is of vital importance. A proper forum where copyright issues in respect to negotiations with publishers could be discussed is meetings between the Nordic Research Councils, but even more preferable are decisions taken by the European Commission.

In addition to the above mentioned challenges the future of scientific publishing in the Nordic languages was seen as an important issue. Specifically the public funding of scientific journals publishing in the Nordic languages could be directed to support electronic publishing and Open Access - a subject for a Nordic plan of action. Journal publishing as an area for an action plan would also take into account the important role of the publisher as a collaborating partner.

In near future the publication will form the basis of the Nordbib programme management group’s political recommendations and initiatives at both Nordic and national political levels with regard to Open Access and, thus, seek to guide both Nordic national authorities, funding councils as well as rights holders, publishers and the research political environment towards Open Access policies.

Publishers are important partners - we can not replace them - collaboration is the keyword! This good advice, given by Jens Thorhauge Director of the Danish Library Agency in his welcome speech to the participants, ended up being the say from the milestone workshop.

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