Posted by: bluesyemre | June 9, 2014

OpenAIRE-COAR 2014 Conference (Presentations) #openaccess

  • The OpenAIRE-COAR 2014 Conference, titled “Open Access Movement to Reality: Putting the Pieces Together” took place between 21-22/5/2014 at the Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. It was co-organized by the OpenAIRE project and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), under the auspices of the Greek EU Presidency. Agro-Know was there, represented by Elena Kokoliou and me. The event was one of the series of events related to open access, linked open data and related topics organized in Greece during the Greek Presidency, such as the European Data Forum 2014, Semantic Interoperability Conference (SEMIC 2014) and the 2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2014). This provided us with an excellent opportunity to attend these Conferences and have a clear overview of what is happening in the European and Global context regarding open access, digital repositories and linked open data. At the same time, the organization of these events and mostly the huge participation of stakeholders all over the world can only highlight the huge interest and impact that open data and linked data play in the context of various data sources, such as institutional repositories, governmental data, research data etc.

The event focused on open access and included several sessions covering different aspects of open access, ranging from legal to policy and reviewing/publication, so it was related to the ongoing work of AK-related projects, such as agINFRA and SemaGrow. Focus was put on text-mining for retrieving documents of interest for each user from the vast pool of OA publications. The message was obvious: The EC invests in OA, so for example Gold OA costs are eligible for H2020 pilot projects and well-defined data management plans are required by each proposal/project. This is expected to give a boost to OA publications and related infrastructures. The Conference consisted of a number of sessions which covered different thematics.

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