Author Eberhard R. Hilf with some slides from Peter Schirmbacher, director of DINI

Title: Certificate for Open Access Document Servers by DINI German NetworkInformation e.V.

Date of Upload: 2004-05-10

Berlin 2 Open Access: Steps toward Implementation of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities; CERN 12./13.5.2004

Keywords: open access, scientific documents, document server, university libraries, quality assurance, institutional self-archiving

The Certificate of the DINI German Initiative for NetworkInformation as quality filter for institutional professional scientific library document providers is detailed. Minimum standards as well as recommendations are specified for services such as - legal requirements information, - author support, - authenticity and Data integrity, - subject indexing, export of metadata and interfaces, - logs and statistics, - long term availability and stability (at least five years). Certificate is handed out after scrutinely checking by a distributed group of experts. Cooperation is asked for analogous nationally acting institutions in other countries to adopt similar certificates. The envisaged web of certified libraries will boost their visibility and efficiency, as well as research and teaching.

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Ways to boost Open Access

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Comment by Stevan Harnad: funded research is to be Open Access

cited: Stevan Harnad for the authors (see discussion in American Scientist (2004):
A successful outcome of the Berlin II meeting would be an agreement that Open Access (OA) to journal articles reporting funded research must be provided by funded researchers and institutions. That is *all* that is needed in order to implement the Berlin Declaration.














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Stevan Harnad's opinion for the meeting

(in: American Scientist 10.5.2004)
As I alas cannot attend the Berlin-2 conference at CERN on May 12,
I can only skywrite my hopes as to the outcome:
A successful outcome would be an agreement that Open Access (OA) to journal articles reporting funded research must be provided by funded researchers and institutions. That is *all* that is needed in order to implement the Berlin Declaration.
Any further stipulations or partiality as to *how* that OA is provided will only
handicap and hamstring the implementation phase and diminish or even block its
success. The options (OA journals, OA self-archiving, copyright retention,
subsidising OA journal publication costs) can be mapped out, but they must *not*
be mandated.

The *only* thing that needs to be mandatory is OA *provision* (for funded
research). The rest all follows naturally from that where needed, on a
case by case basis.

It is *not* necessary to mandate copyright retention. That is one of the
*options* for OA provision. If we directly mandate copyright retention
we simply add more needless obstacles and handicaps, forcing all authors
into needless conflict with their publishers and forcing all institutions
into needless conflict with their authors.

Just leave it to authors and their institutions which of the OA options
they use to provide OA in each case (having listed all the options for
them)! But don't mandate any specific option.

    If you have a suitable OA journal to publish in, fine. But you are
    not required to do so; you are only required to provide OA.

    If you are able to retain copyright, that's fine. But you are not
    required to do so; you are only required to provide OA.

    If your institution can help fund OA journal publishing, that's
    fine. But it is not required to do so; it is only required to
    provide OA.

Eighty-three percent of journals already give their green light to OA
provision via self-archiving. Why would we want to make copyright-retention
into a gratuitous further conflict between author and publisher when it is *not
necessary* in order to provide OA for 83% of journals?
Harnad slide 1
Harnad slide 2
I very much hope that those attending the CERN meeting will see that it
is far more promising for OA provision if the implementation strategy
is a realistic one, not one bit more demanding than it needs to be in
order to generate 100% OA.
Don't impose any particular option: just OA provision.

That's exactly what the Institutional Commitment calls for: no more, no less: Institutional Commitment

And that's exactly what is needed -- no more, no less -- to implement
the Berlin Declaration: Swan & Brown (2004)

    "asked authors to say how they would feel if their employer or funding
    body required them to deposit copies of their published articles in
    one or more... repositories. The vast majority... said they would do
    so willingly."
Swan, A. & Brown, S.N. (2004) JISC/OSI Journal Authors Survey Report. JISCOA report and Harnad: ''What Provosts Need to Mandate''

Stevan Harnad