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

Peter Suber peters at earlham.edu
Thu Jan 15 19:16:04 UTC 2009

Hi Jonathan,

I blogged the call for proposals at the time but 
haven't yet heard of any specific groups planning 
to apply for funds.  There should be a good 
number, though.  The funding program is a great 
idea and many European organizations are working on OA in one way or another.

I wouldn't let the prospect of competition deter 
you.  OKF has a lot of credibility on OA and should do well.

      Good luck,
      Peter (Suber)

At 08:58 AM 1/15/2009, Jonathan Gray wrote:
>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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>[mailto:RTD-SCIENTIFIC-PUBLICATION at ec.europa.eu]
>Sent: 18 December 2008 15:06
>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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