AB üyesi ülkelerin bilim, ticaret ve sanayi bakanlarından oluşan Avrupa Rekabet Kurumu, 2020 itibariyle bilimsel makalelere erişimin ücretsiz olacağını duyurdu. Bu gelişmenin çok sayıda bilimsel dergi tarafından kullanılan abonelik esasına dayalı modeli değiştirmesi bekleniyor. Kurumun 2020 hedefi gerçekleştiği takdirde, bu, milyonlarca kişinin fizikten astronomiye, matematikten mühendislik ve biyolojiye kadar pek çok alanda uzmanlar tarafından üretilmiş olan bilgiye ücretsiz erişebileceği anlamına geliyor.
And indeed, it is a monumental task. Case in point, consider the Netherlands. They are one of the most prominent advocates of open access in Europe, and until very recently, their official target to reach full open access for Dutch scientific papers was set at 2024.
As the League of European Research Universities (LERU) notes, this is “not an easy ambition”.
BUT WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY
Ultimately, this announcement comes as part of a larger move to provide open access to scientific knowledge. As was just intimated, the Dutch government, which currently holds the rotating E.U. presidency, has long spoken out in favour for Europe-wide Open Science, as had Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.
And while it will not be an easy road, government officials assert that they are committed to the task.
“We probably don’t realise it yet, but what the Dutch presidency has achieved is just unique and huge,” Moedas said at a press conference. “The commission is totally committed to help move this forward.”
“The time for talking about Open Access is now past. With these agreements, we are going to achieve it in practice,” the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture, and Science, Sander Dekker, added in a statement.
To that end, while a spokesperson for the Competitiveness Council admits the 2020 target “may not be an easy task”, all are quick to stress the importance of the council’s new resolve. “This is not a law, but it’s a political orientation for the 28 governments. The important thing is that there is a consensus.”
So to continue with the metaphor, though all acknowledge that there will be bumps and waylaid signs, all also agree that it is a road worth traveling.
This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.