May 18, 2022

Netherlands: New Advisory Report Says All Publicly Financed Scholarly Publications, Data Should Be Open Access

The following advisory report (133 pages; PDF) was released at end of January is titled “Dare to Share” and is now available in English.

From the Advisory Council For Science, Technology And Innovation (AWTI):

All publicly financed scholarly publications should be made available for free (open access), according to the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI). This can strengthen the position of science in society, but this will require a broad and powerful strategy which goes beyond merely improving access: scientific knowledge should also be presented in a way that is clear and intelligible for lay people, thus becoming genuinely accessible.


Note: Appendix 2 of the document (beginning on page 105) is devoted to how open access and open data is handled in a number of countries.

For the purpose of this report, this means it is highly relevant to identify how access to publications and research data is approached both within the EU (with a view to arriving at a common European approach) and in a number of important non-EU countries. We therefore collected further information for this report about a number of countries in order to obtain a clearer picture of the differences in approach and to bring together more specific experiences for use in our analysis.

Direct to Full Text Report (133 pages; PDF)

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