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Title
Consultation on scientific information in the digital age
Policy field(s)
Research and innovation, information society
Target group(s)
All citizens and organisations concerned with access to and preservation of digital scientific information are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from governments, research institutions and universities, libraries, scientific publishers, research funding organisations, businesses, individual researchers and other interested parties.
Period of consultation
From 15.07.2011 to 09.09.2011
Objective of the consultation

In late 2011, the European Commission intends to adopt a Communication and Recommendation on access to and preservation of digital scientific information. This initiative builds on earlier policy developments in this area, and is being developed within the policy contexts of the EU Flagship Initiatives Innovation Union and Digital Agenda for Europe, and of the push for improved knowledge circulation in the European Research Area.

The Communication will take stock of the developments in the area of scientific information, and set out the actions that the Commission intends to take on open access to publications and data in the context of research projects funded by the Union budget. The Recommendation will detail specific actions to be taken at Member State level.

Consultation of interested parties forms part of the policy process. The purpose of this open consultation is to gather information from as many sources as possible. The consultation will feed into the development of possible policy options to be considered, and will contribute to the ex-ante impact assessment that will be carried out.

How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
View the questionnaire
The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. This means once you start filling in the questionnaire, you have to answer all compulsory questions to submit your response. You can, however, preview/print a PDF version of the online questionnaire ( 62 KB) to help you to prepare your response.
Reference documents and other, related consultations

Press release. (15.07.2011)
Innovation Union – COM(2010) 546 (2010) ( 202 KB)
A Digital Agenda for Europe - COM (2010) 245 (2010) ( 315 KB)
Commission Communication on Scientific information in the digital age: access, dissemination and preservation (2007) ( 178 KB)
EU Council Conclusions on scientific information (2007) ( 62 KB)
Digital Libraries Initiative
Open access in the 7th Framework Programme

Contact details
Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
E-mail: RTD-SCIENTIFIC-PUBLICATION@ec.europa.eu
Postal address: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit B.6, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
View the contributions

Results of the consultation will be available here in autumn 2011.

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps
A summary of received contributions and a list of contributors (name and organisation/affiliation) will be published on the Internet. See the specific statement attached below for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
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