EKT/NHRF - National Documentation Centre/NHRF
The National Documentation Centre is the national institution for documentation, information and support on science, research and technology issues. Founded in 1980, EKT/NHRF is part of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion. EKT/NHRF's mission is to act as a backbone for the Greek national infrastructure for the development, organisation and provision of science and technology content, offering services to the country's scientific and business community. Examples of services include the National Archive of Doctoral Dissertations, the Serials Union Catalogue of Greek libraries, National Contact Point for FP7 in several subject areas and the coordination of the Greek branch of the Enterprise Europe Network. EKT/NHRF has significant experience from participation in numerous European projects of the FP6 and FP7. EKT/NHRF operates a variety of Open Accessinfrastructures including repositories, peer-reviewed electronic journals and CRIS and participates actively in euroCRIS. It is the National Open AccessDesk for the European project OpenAIRE. EKT/NHRF developed and maintains the main Greek portal on Open Access and has hosted two international conferences on Open Access.
FECYT - Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología
The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) is a tool of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation to reinforce the value chain of knowledge, driving science and innovation and promoting its integration and approaching it to society, answering the questions to the needs and expectations of the Spanish Science, Technology and Enterprise System. FECYT coordinates Open Access policies and projects in Spain. It runs RECOLECTA, the Spanish national project for the constitution of the federated infrastructure of open institutional repositories. Moreover, FECYT is the national desk for Spain in the OpenAIRE project, and was the coordinator of the seminar taken place in 2010 about Open Access in Southern Europe that gave place to the Alhambra Declaration, comprising recommendations of Open Access experts to foster Open Access in the South of Europe. As stated above, FECYT participates in OPENAIRE as the national desk for Spain. WP is leaded by the University of Minho (Portugal). FECYT has organized in 2010 the 5th International Conference on Open Repositories with more than 400 attendees from all over the world. FECYT also organized in 2010 the Seminar to develop Open Access policies in Southern Europe. The seminar gathered stakeholders of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
UMINHO - University of Minho
University of Minho (UM) is a public higher education institution, founded in 1973 and is one of the so-called "New Universities". Whilst UM is a young university, it enjoys a very high reputation for its research and educational performance. A student population of over 15000 together with more than 1100 teaching staff and almost 645 technical and administration staff make the University of Minho one of the biggest Portuguese universities. University of Minho has been developing its institutional repository – RepositóriUM - since 2003, and is internationally known as one of the “success stories” on the development of institutional repositories and the promotion of Open Access to scientific literature. In the end of 2004 University of Minho has established a self-archiving policy of its intellectual output, requiring that all publications from university members be deposited in RepositóriUM. In 2008, University of Minho lead the Portuguese national project RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) that created the national portal of Portuguese Open Accessscientific literature (www.rcaap.pt) and SARI (Serviço de Alojamento de Repositórios Institucionais), an SaS service for institutional repositories, and has been acting as the scientific and technical coordinator of the project since then. In the last years, University of Minho has been participating in several FP7 projects related with Open Access and repositories like DRIVER II, NECOBELAC and OpenAIRE. In OpenAIRE UMinho is not only the NOAD for Portugal, but also the regional coordinator for the Southern Region (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain) NOADS of the OpenAIRE Helpdesk System.
CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CNRS is a research organisation with the mission to produce knowledge and make it available to society. It depends on the French Ministry of Research. Its total budget amounted to more than 3 billion euros in 2010. It has more than 1000 research units and a total number of employees of 25,700. CNRS has signed 85 co-operation agreements with major research promoting organizations throughout the world (32 in Europe) and is involved in many FP7 projects. CNRS has a department for scientific and technical information (DIST) which supervises two major units acting in this field: the Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (INIST) and the Centre for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD). CNRS was one of the first signatories of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. Even before, the CNRS, via the CCSD, had created HAL, an open archive which has today an outstanding role at national level, being tailored to the needs of many French research and higher education institutions. HAL has been present in recent European projects concerning open archives: DRIVER, PEER, OpenAIRE. INIST runs a portal which is a principal source of information on Open Access in the French-speaking world. The CNRS operates two major programs for OA-publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario
CINECA is an Italian Consortium (born in 1969) consisting of 54 Italian Universities, The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Its mission consists of promoting use of the most advanced computing systems to support scientific research; providing a computer processing service to universities, public organisations and private companies; designing and managing data network at European level. In terms of supercomputing performance, CINECA is ranked among the most powerful centres in the world and among the first ten centres in Europe. The experience achieved in over thirty years of activity in R&D allows CINECA to provide a number of high value services to support activities and to increase efficiency of complex organisations (universities, health authorities, public administration and private companies). Today, more than 60 Universities and 15 research centres draw on the services provided by CINECA for many purposes. Starting from September 2012, two Italian consortia named CASPUR and CILEA have merged with CINECA, as part of an initiative carried out by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to provide the Italian third-level education system with a more robust, competitive and efficient technological infrastructure.
HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI - Hacettepe University
A not-for-profit, national, public institution, with a staff of about 3,500, in the tertiary education sector (P85.42) (EDU-HEIVoc). Founded in 1967, Hacettepe University is a public university with 13 faculties and 35 research centers. It has more than 27,000 students and about 3,500 faculty members. Faculty members teach and do research in a wide variety of subjects ranging from medicine to engineering to social sciences, arts and humanities. Hacettepe University, through its Department of Information Management and Hacettepe Technopolis-Technology Transfer Center, carries out research on, among others, electronic information management, information architecture and web design and develops tools to better manage information resources and services. Haccettepe University was/is a partner in the EU projects PULMAN, AccessIT, and EMPATIC. Haccettepe Universitya is also the team leader of the international project InterPARES and carries out national projects granted by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Center (TUBITAK). The department of Information Management of Hacettepe University has developed the very first Turkish experimental Open Accessarchive using DSpace, which has become the core of the demonstration project of Hacettepe University Open Archive containing thefull-texts of graduate theses and dissertations.
ENCES - European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science
ENCES (http://www.ences.eu) is the umbrella organisation that represents the interests of the European education and research sector with regard to a scholarship-friendly copyright vis-à-vis the EU bodies. ENCES supports other international and national initiatives and organisations in all EU Member States which articulate the needs and interests of their national research and education sector with regard to copyright. Members of ENCES are libraries and other information intermediaries like museums and archives as well as science organisations, science funding organisations, universities, university publishers, Open Access repository operators, legal research institutes etc. ENCES organised, in collaboration with the EU-funded project OAPEN and the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam) an expert workshop on “Copyright and Open Access book publishing”; ENCES is actually elaborating, in collaboration with the DFG-funded German copyright project IUWIS, best practices with regard to legal questions repository operators have to deal with. A workshop is scheduled for 2 March 2011. ENCES will bring into MEDOANET its experience and knowledge on how to deal with legal questions in organising Open Access publishing of research outputs. Guidelines for a MEDOANET copyright policy will be developed.
LIBER - The Stichting LIBER Foundation
The Stichting LIBER Foundation (Stichting LIBER) is the principal association of the majorresearch libraries of Europe (http://www.libereurope.eu). It was founded as an association in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and became a Foundation under Dutch law in 2009. Its current membership includes 425 national and research libraries of more than forty countries, mainly but not only, in Europe. Its overall aim is to assist research libraries in Europe to support a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure the preservation of the European cultural heritage, to improve access to collections in European research libraries, and to provide more efficient information services in Europe. LIBER actively promotes co-operation with all library-related organizations. It has strong links with SPARC Europe (http://www.sparceurope.org), the Association of Research Libraries in the United States, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, as well as with national library associations. LIBER has been involved in several EU projects such as Europeana, Europeana Travel, DART Europe, ODE (Opportunities for Data Exchange), APARSEN (Network of Excellence in Digital Preservation) and Europeana Libraries (making over 5,000,000 digital objects from research libraries visible through Europeana). Scholarly Communication and Open Access in particular are priorities in the LIBER Strategy 2009-2012. LIBER has been working with LERU (http://www.leru.org) on a Roadmap towards Open Access. LIBER will use its established dissemination channels to promote the outcomes and networks to its target audiences. This will happen through the LIBER Annual Conferences and a pan-European Workshop to be organised by the LIBER Scholarly Communications Working Group and in collaboration with SPARCEurope.
UNOTT - University of Nottingham
The Centre for Research Communications (CRC), based in Information Services at the University of Nottingham has considerable experience in handling major strategic projects in the area of Open Access, Research Communications and Digital Repositories. For the past seven years Nottingham has led the internationally known SHERPA partnership of over 30 UK institutions and its associated portfolio of projects and services. The work of CRC projects, involves advice on policy development on an institutional, national and international scale: practical advice and support on repository development and integration with a national remit, with one project, the Repositories Support Project (RSP), addressing over 170 UK institutions on repository establishment and development. The CRC is host and developer for the SHERPA/RoMEO service on copyright policies which is used internationally by authors and repository administrators; the OpenDOAR service as the acknowledged global directory of repositories; and the SHERPA/Juliet service, which analyses and advises on funder policies. Other work includes work on eTheses, digital preservation and policy development. The CRC has significant experience in advocacy in European and Latin American contexts working on the DRIVER, DRIVER II, OpenAIRE and NECOBELAC projects. The CRC continues to lead the SHERPA partnership, with a long history of setting up repositories and awareness campaigns to increase their population and integrate their use into academic work-flows and culture. The partnership is a large and varied consortium and has within its membership a range of examples of repository environments and institutional structures. The partners are all research-led institutions, with practical experience of building and populating eprint repositories and development of institutional structures, policies and processes to support their use. From this background, the CRC is well placed to advise on issues of Open Access and repository adoption, from high level strategic policy development on a national and international scale, through to practical advice on advocacy and workflows. The CRC represents a unit of highly informed, active and experienced staff: work done at the CRC brings with it the benefits of this environment, peer support and cross-working. The CRC brings experience in providing Open Access services, data collection and support of Open Access communities and initiatives and can advice on policy development and practical issues within MEDOANET.