[okfn-advisory] FP7 call for "Open access to scientific information"

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Thu Jan 15 13:58:46 UTC 2009

Dear Advisory Board members,

I recently noticed a preliminary announcement about an EC Framework
Programme 7 (FP7) call for proposals on "Open access to scientific
information". Further details are below. FP7 applications must be made
with a consortium of organisations from different European countries.
The time and effort required to co-ordinate and draft an application
is substantial.

I would like to ask Advisory Board members their views and advice on
whether the OKF should make an application - if the call is approved.

Peter Suber, Peter Murray-Rust, Tim Hubbard, and John Wilbanks: are
any of you aware of other organisations who might consider making an

Sören Auer: do you have a rough estimate for the total amount of time
that went into drafting the FP7 proposal that you worked on?

Warm regards,

Jonathan Gray

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Subject: Forthcoming call for proposals CIP-ICT PSP-2009-3 (topic on "Open
access to scientific information")

Dear list members,

This message is to inform you of a forthcoming call for proposals (CIP-ICT
PSP-2009-3) containing a topic on "Open access to scientific information"
(Objective 2.4).

Complete information can be found at

This call will be published in the context of the Competitiveness and
Innovation Framework programme (CIP), ICT Policy Support Programme (PSP).
The DRAFT 2009 ICT PSP Work programme can be consulted here:

This DRAFT Work Programme 2009 is expected to be formally approved in
January 2009, and Call for Proposals CIP-ICT PSP-2009-3 should open from 29
January till 2 June 2009 (to be confirmed).

The Information Day for this Call will be held on Monday 26 January 2009 in
Brussels from 11:00 to 17:30.
Draft agenda:

Best regards,

RTD Scientific Publications

European Commission, Research Directorate-General
Science, Economy and Society Directorate - Governance and Ethics Unit
rtd-scientific-publication at ec.europa.eu

Relevant excerpt from the DRAFT 2009 ICT PSP Work programme:

"Objective 2.4: Open access to scientific information

Funding instrument: Pilot B - It is intended to support several actions.

Focus and outcomes: Within the framework of the actions on scientific
information initiated by the Communication on scientific information in the
digital age the objective is to improve the spread of European research
results. This objective is sought not only in the context of the Digital
Libraries Initiative, but also within the 7th Framework Programme for
Research and Technological Development (FP7).

The term "scientific/scholarly content" refers to the results of scientists'
or scholars' research work in the EU Member States or other countries
participating in the programme, which in the traditional publishing paradigm
have been published as articles in learned journals, papers, conference
proceedings, monographs or books.

In this context pilot B actions will be funded to carry out conclusive
experiments with open access to digital libraries of scientific/scholarly
content, including experiments exploring new paradigms for peer reviewing,
rendering, querying and linking scientific/scholarly content and
(optionally) the related underlying datasets.

Conditions and characteristics:

- The quality and quantity of the digital content (and related metadata) to
be effectively contributed to the pilot by each content provider, as well as
the criteria for its selection, must be clearly identified. The consortium
and its members must ensure the necessary availability of the content to be
contributed to the pilot. In particular, the input content should not depend
on proprietary third-party rights or any other constraints, which would
limit its use for the execution of the pilot.

- The consortium and its members must agree on the necessary licensing or
clearing arrangements for any Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) arising
from the pilot to ensure wider use and dissemination of the project output.

- The actual content should be accessible and retrievable at item level.
Projects dealing only with catalogues of content will not be funded. The
results of the pilot must be accessible by the target users beyond the end
of the pilot.

- The consortium must include content providers. It should also include or
involve explicitly in the project different types of relevant stakeholders,
i.e. academic community, libraries, institutional repositories, scientific
publishers and the funding bodies.

- The users, i.e. researchers, and their needs, also beyond the consortium
participants, must be clearly identified. Proposers must present an analysis
of demand based as much as possible on quantified evidence. The users and
their needs should also be at the centre of the proposed approach.

- The issues addressed and the way to tackle them should have a European
dimension, i.e. they should impact on a large number of users in the largest
possible number of EU countries.

- Proposers should demonstrate that the underlying content constitutes the
critical mass necessary to make a significant impact in terms of increasing
access and use in the concerned area or that the experiments exploring new
paradigms can have a considerable impact on the future development of the
scientific information area.

- Specific and realistic quantified indicators should be provided to measure
the envisaged improvements in availability, access and use - at different
stages in the pilot lifetime.

- A clear exploitation plan should be presented to ensure the sustainability
of the proposed solutions, i.e. their capability of developing and surviving
without Community funding after the end of the project. Sustainability
comprises both economic and organisational aspects.

- A clear dissemination plan should be established to ensure optimal use of
the pilot results, also beyond the participants in the pilot.

Expected impact:  Open access to more scientific/scholarly content and/or
the development of new ways to
review, render, query and link scientific/scholarly content.


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