March 7-11 was Open Education Week . A nice visualisation of initiatives is shown here. One specific one worth calling out is Poland's national program of open textbooks.
An analysis written for the Smithsonian Institution on The impact of open access on galleries, libraries, archives, and museums concluded that "A strengthened institutional brand, increased use and dissemination of collections, and increased funding opportunities have been some of the benefits associated with open-access initiatives."
The Open Library of the Humanities expanded with all eleven sites of the University of California Library system joining its Library Partnership Subsidy scheme.
Knowledge Unlatched launched a new German branch and announced it will be scaling up more in 2016.
The European Union Presidency Conference on Open Science kicks off on April 4. The conference preamble notes that "Open Science is a key priority of the Dutch Presidency. The Netherlands [who hold the presidency currently] is committed to open access to scientific publications and the best possible re-use of research data, and it would like to accelerate the transition this requires."
The follow up to the Berlin 12 meeting
was launched in March. The initiative, called OA2020
has as its aim "the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing." The site is worth looking at with its suggestion of the steps needed
for such a transition, which include crucially "a better understanding of publishing output and cost distribution." Thus far the expression of interest
has 39 signatories, most from Europe.
Meanwhile, it seems that France is heading towards green open access
The UK's HEFCE OA policy
began on 1st April 2016. The policy requires that to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework, (REF), authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted for publication must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository.
At the Research Libraries UK conference
OA was a prominent topic including a presentation
from Gerard Meijer of Radboud University, Nijmegen on the OA transformation in the Netherlands.
The Open Data button
launched - a follow up to the Open Access Button.
A new open science
site for Japan launched with links to policies, events and updates.
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