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Dear Readers, 


Welcome to the December issue of ScieCom info. Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication

We continue to follow the promising Open Access developments in Denmark. In our last issue we wrote that the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation was prepared to introduce a policy of Open Access to publicly funded research,            



Read about the latest developments in Líse Mikkelsen’s report “Recommendations for implementation of Open Access in Denmark – extraction of comments from the hearing process”


Lars Björnshauge’s provocative “Call for action!” applauds librarians for all their successful efforts for Green OA and for OA mandates. Now is the time to stop paying only lip service to Gold OA. Why not try the 1% idea?


Jan Erik Frantsvåg provocatively asks researchers: “What is it about the public?” Time and again, researchers mention “the public” as – at best – an audience that is uninteresting for the scientist or – at worst – should be barred from access. 


One might suspect, that Jan Erik heard some of these arguments when his university launched its new OA-policy – a mandate – earlier this year: “The University of Tromsø adopts an institutional Open Access policy.” 


The concept of quality is fundamental and closely linked to all kinds of research assessments and distribution of funding. Claus Vesterager Pedersen presents: “The Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator – BFI. Research publications, research assessment, university funding.” 


In “Open Access availability of articles by Nordic authors”, Turid Hedlund describes the OA phenomenon from an article based perspective. Internet was trawled for OA-copies of peer-reviewed articles with at least one author from a Nordic country.


A group from Helsinki University Library focused on the OA availability of publications from the University of Helsinki: “The current state of Open Access to research articles from the University of Helsinki.” Search results from Google or Google Scholar were compared with the results from Open DOAR or Scientific Commons. 


Áslaug Agnarsdóttir presents the “The University of Iceland‘s digital repository, Skemman - open access or closed?”  The University of Iceland joined Skemman in 2008, but in spite of numerous presentations, there was a marked lack of submissions. Then they had a sudden windfall.  


In “PersID: building a persistent identifier infrastructure”, Adrian Price describes how six European countries have worked together to build a persistent identifier infrastructure for the scientific community: PersID. A persistent identifier is needed to ensure a “shelf mark” for distributed internet resources, both for longevity and to establish stable interrelations. 


Mikael Karstensen Elbæk reports from: “Knowledge grows when shared – The Launch of OpenAIRE, 2nd December in Ghent”, a European infrastructure project to facilitate the success of the FP7 Open Access Pilot. Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda, emphasized that “above all, open access to scientific information is important because it helps citizens to their right to have access to knowledge produced using public funds.”


From Tromsø, Jan Erik Frantsvåg sums up “The 5th Annual Munin Conference on Scientific Publishing 2010 -”Open Access – The Competitive Advantage”   This year the theme of the conference was wholly related to Open Access, and the number of participating scientists was higher than ever before.


The international workshop "Open Archives and their Significance in the Communication of Science" was held in Uppsala, November 16 – 17 2010. Urban Ericsson, Jenny Ericsson, and Linda Åström Wennbom report. Usage statistics and quality were among the subjects discussed as well as the need for more IR-content and more OA mandates from universities and funders.


Mikael Graffner and Kristoffer Holmqvist report from “MOA- Meeting place Open Access 2010”. This Swedish conference held its fourth meeting on November 24-25 at Lund University. The conference focusing on the development of Open access at Swedish higher education institutions. Open Access for research data, Open Educational Resources and Open Access Policies were some of the topics discussed.


As always, your comments and ideas are very welcome


Happy Holidays!

Ingegerd Rabow







Kristoffer Holmqvist
Lund University Libraries, Head Office
Lund University
P.O Box 134, SE-221 00  LUND, Sweden
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