Open Access to science and data = cash and economic bonanza
Neelie Kroes is using a speech in Berlin to say that long-term economic growth is only possible if we invest massive amounts in research and education open the results to all. The speech highlights the success of MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses which allow people to learn anywhere, anytime and through any device; as well as Horizon 2020, which will provide nearly 80 billion euros of EU funding for research and innovation. The largest part of Horizon 2020 funding is for Information and Communication Technology research. Kroes is demanding governments act immediately to implement recently agreed legislation on open access: "Public administrations hold a wealth of information. Open it up, become more transparent, and it can fuel a market worth some tens of billions of euros a year. There are huge benefits – for citizens, for researchers, for governments themselves.