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MEDOANET Streszczenie raportu

Project ID: 288945
Źródło dofinansowania: FP7-SIS
Kraj: Greece

Periodic Report Summary 1 - MEDOANET (Mediterranean Open Access Network)

Project Context and Objectives:

MedOANet addresses the need for coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information in Europe. The project’s purpose is to enhance existing policies, strategies and structures for Open Access and contribute towards the implementation of new ones, in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Its aim is also to promote national and regional coordination of such policies, strategies and structures, in these countries and beyond. For its two years’ duration, the project has a budget of 964 552.75 €.
MedOANet focuses on national and regional coordination of Open Access strategies, policies and structures in the six Mediterranean countries. It does so by means of strengthening, expanding and systematizing the activities of an already active regional network of partners from Mediterranean Europe.

Project Results:
During the first 18 months, MedOANet ( identified and mapped existing strategies, structures and policies of the six countries into an online ‘Mediterranean Open Access Tracker’, and, most significantly, it identifies and systematically engages significant policy makers and other stakeholders with the ability to affect change in policies, in a top-down approach. This will increase awareness of key issues at the policy level, fostering the conditions for coordinated policies at national and institutional levels that are currently largely lacking in these Mediterranean countries.
MedOANet formed National Task Forces and organised national workshops (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) between October 2012 and January 2013 that served as forums to debate the course of action in each country in a coordinated fashion. The European workshop brought together key policy makers from the six countries and other European experts and significantly contributed towards regional coordination across the partner countries and beyond.
The project is producing guidelines for policy makers, namely research policy makers, public research funders, such as National Research Councils, and institution administrators, such as rectors - common for all the countries. A European conference will serve to place the project outcomes in a wider context, as well as bring together stakeholders from the six Mediterranean countries and the rest of Europe in an effort to further coordinate discourse towards policy actions that will strengthen the Open Access paradigm. To benefit from the valuable experience and expertise in Northern Europe, the consortium includes three strategic partners from the region.

Potential Impact:
MedOANet aims rigorously to enhance national strategies, policies and structures and coordinate them at the regional Mediterranean level by engaging key policy and decision makers. It will do by capitalizing on current joint achievements of an existing Mediterranean network for the promotion of Open Access, and thereby helping the countries involved in fulfilling the European Commission’s recommendations.
Overall, MedOANet will result in significantly advancing the agenda on Open Access in the six Mediterranean countries in a coordinated fashion, in line with the European Commission’s recommendations. This effort has already started through the mapping and assessment of the current situation in the six countries; through subsequent rigorous engagement with policy-makers who are capable of affecting change in terms of implementing policies, mandates and influencing large numbers of stakeholders in these countries; through the formation of National Task forces and the upcoming Guidelines on establishing Open Access policies.
The rigorous engagement with policy makers and high level administrators who have the ability to affect change is especially significant. In all six Mediterranean countries the Open Access agenda is pushed forward mainly by information specialists in higher education institutions and researchers themselves, along with IT specialists who develop the relevant infrastructures. However, and despite the growth of Open Access, it is still true that the repositories are not systematically being filled with current research, whereas some apprehension still exists about Open Access on the side of scholars. The rigorous engagement with the policy makers and high level administrators will create the conditions to lead to a different approach for enhancing Open Access, namely, a top-down approach. This type of approach is clearly also needed in successfully implementing Open Access, since it is only institutional and funders mandates that can lead to dramatic growth openly accessible scientific information, and especially to scientific information paid for by public funds, according to the European Commission’s recommendations and the vision for the European Research Area.
A coordinated European approach will strengthen the argument for the need for action in the eyes of the policy makers and other key stakeholders of the six Mediterranean countries, who are the primary target group for engagement in this project. It will help push forward the process in a few, related and neighboring countries, facing some common issues with regard to the structure of their research systems, research funding, the status of Open Access etc.

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