In the week from 22 to 26 October, the Netherlands will be bringing the benefits of Open Access to the attention of higher education and research institutions. Seminars, workshops, lectures and film clips will encourage the institutions to focus on Open Access to research results. The programme can be found at The Dutch event is part of International Open Access Week, which involves more than a hundred countries worldwide. SURF is coordinating the Dutch Open Access Week.

Attention to research data

This is the sixth International Open Access Week. In the first few years, the focus was primarily on Open Access publication, in both Open Access journals and repositories, but this year, much of the emphasis will be on research data. The idea is not always for research data to be made openly availably immediately but – thanks to careful data management – to improve the storage and availability of research data and to enable its reuse. Maastricht, Groningen, and Tilburg Universities are organising seminars for researchers on dealing carefully with research data.


“We can’t avoid it: Open Access is the future,” says Anton Franken, Vice-President of the Executive Board of Radboud University Nijmegen in a video interview:

Radboud University started its RU4OpenAccess campaign earlier this year to help researchers make their publications openly available via the Radboud Repository. “Open Access is important both for the researchers and for the university itself because it improves the visibility of the research involved.”

Social media

Improving the visibility of research increasingly involves making use of social media. In Amsterdam, the two research universities and the university of applied sciences have joined forces this year. They intend providing researchers with practical information about how to publish material via Open Access and how social media can be used to draw attention to your research. In Utrecht, the research university and the university of applied sciences will be promoting Open Access with a Twitter Festival.

Beyond the borders

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) have joined together to look beyond the national borders. They are organising a symposium on Participation in Research: Open Access for scientists in the global south, focusing on the importance of Open Access for developing countries.

Besides looking beyond the country’s borders, a large number of higher education and research institutions have also looked beyond their own walls and joined forces in organising Open Access activities in Open Access Week 2012.

Experts speak  During Open Access Week, administrators and researchers from a variety of institutions will present their views on Open Access in interviews and film clips. You can find these at (click on Experts speak).

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