Re: Mandating OA around the corner?

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 14:15:45 +0100


On Sun, 17 Oct 2004, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> Hans F. Hoffmann Director of Technology Transfer and Scientific
> Computing at CERN and Georg W. Botz, of the Administrative Headquarters
> of the Max-Planck Society (MPI) reported that both CERN and MPI have
> de-facto already implemented an institutional self-archiving mandate
> (although neither is yet official de-iure).

Georg Botz has since emailed me to say that in his presentation in
Zurich (which was unfortunately one of the 2 presentations I could not
attend!) he only spoke about steps that are being taken at MPI toward
an OA policy, and that it is incorrect to describe these, as I did,
as a "de-facto but not yet a de-iure mandate." (Indeed, speaking of this
prematurely as a "mandate" at all might even cause unneeded resistance.)

I apologise for this misinterpretation. Here is the abstract of Georg
Botz's talk:

    The Open Access Policy of the Max Planck Society

    Some years ago the Max Planck Society started developing a new
    strategy for providing the Max Planck Institutes with the scientific
    information they need in the era of the internet. In this talk I
    will present the building blocks of the Open Access Policy of the
    Max Planck Society. After some remarks on the Berlin Declaration on
    Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a roadmap
    towards Open Access is outlined. Some general areas of activity like
    education, communication, legal issues and a sustainable technical
    infrastructure are described as well as institutional measures to
    promote and enforce Open Access. In the final part of this talk I
    will point out the concrete actions which the Max Planck Society is
    going to implement in order to make Open Access a reality.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Mon Oct 18 2004 - 14:15:45 BST

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