SURF announces 2009 to be Open Access Year

Dutch higher education sector has declared 2009 to be ‘Open Access Year’.

Efforts will be made in the Netherlands throughout the year to formulate and implement an Open Access policy, develop and improve the knowledge infrastructure, establish a clear legal framework, and create awareness with all stakeholders. The parties involved are the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch higher education sector, and research institutions. SURF will act as the coordinator.

Dr Sijbolt Noorda, chairman of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), says that “It’s in the interests of scientists and scholars for their publications to be digitally available for anyone in the world. It’s in the interest of the general public too. Material that’s been paid for out of our taxes can then be accessed and used by everyone.”

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