Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


In February 2007, the European Commission has issued a communication to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee entitled "On scientific information in the digital age: access, dissemination and preservation" referred to as COM(2007) 56 final. In that communication, the Commission aims to signal the importance of and launch a policy process on (a) access to and dissemination of scientific information and (b) strategies for the preservation of scientific information across the Union. In this respect, the Commission invites the Member States to explore common strategies and to discuss the relevant issues and challenges - organizational, legal, technical and financial - highlighted in the communication. Fora such as CREST and ESFRI could contribute to shaping the discussion. This paper represents a contribution of ESFRI on the topic, with suggestions for policy and recommendations.
This contribution is on a similar line to the OECD "Recommendation" on "Access to Research Data from Public Funds". However, because of the wide extension of the subject, it was necessary to focus the ESFRI statement on issues specifically related to Research Infrastructures, i.e. their contribution to progress of science and technology.
This paper is structured around 5 topics:
1. Availability
2. Permanency
3. Quality
4. Right of use
5. Interoperability
For each topic, we make recommendations regarding:
- the main policy requirements, and
- some implementation issues related to these policies.

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