G. Meijer moderating the discussions
Harnack House, Berlin
During the 14th“Berlin OA conference” 170 participants from 37 countries around the world discussed where the research organizations and their library consortia stand in their negotiations with scholarly publishers in transitioning scholarly publishing to open access.
After the 14th
Berlin Open Access conference a statment was issued that represents the strong consensus of all of those represented at the meeting.
Open access means that scientific literature should be publicly available, free of charge on the internet so that those who are interested can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, refer to and, in any other conceivable legal way, use full texts without encountering any financial, legal or technical barriers other than those associated with Internet access itself.
The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement. The publication of the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”
on 22 October 2003 and the subsequent annual conferences heralded the introduction of a process that heightened awareness around the theme of accessibility to scientific information. 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the publication of the Berlin Declaration.