In the Netherlands, many activities have been set up and carried out by the universities and by the cooperation SURF to improve scientific communication through the stimulation of Open Access. The Netherlands was the world front runner and pioneer in this. In the last two years, enormous developments have also taken place elsewhere both in other countries and with various stakeholders, such as the European Universities Association(EUA). Through these initiatives, Open Access is now high on the international agenda. The change to Open Access within scientific communication has gained momentum. However, to keep the process vital in the Netherlands, new stimuli are now needed.
Under the authority of the UKB (the consortium of Dutch universities and the National Library of the Netherlands), the memorandum Open Access in the Netherlands: The Next Step (PDF in Dutch), has been drawn up, aimed at policy and decision makers in the area of science and scientific information, and has the following goals:
- Providing insight into the developments with regard to Open Access
- Making a list of the possibilities for a policy of institutions, VSNU and financers of scientific research
- Sketch an approach for the further advancement of Open Access
The memorandum contains a management summary and then a number of chapters in which the most important aspects of Open Access are examined in more detail. In doing so, the memorandum offers an up-to-date insight into the state of affairs around Open Access.