Open Access at Bielefeld University
"... Open access aims to facilitate access to scientific and scholarly knowledge and enhance the visibility of research results. Scientific information generated within the framework of publicly funded research should be accessible via the internet to, and re-usable by, any user without financial, technical, or legal barriers. Open access is not only about access to quality-assured text publications but also to other digital objects such as research data, for example." (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (our translation), Open Access: Das Urheberrecht muss der Wissenschaft dienen [Open Access: Copyright Must Serve Science; available in German only]).
When it comes to providing open access to their work, Bielefeld's scholars and scientists can avail of a wide range of comprehensive services to ensure that their research results are disseminated worldwide and are freely available to the public online:
Other general information:
- The German Federal Government's Digital Agenda, field of action no. 5: "Education, research, science, culture and media"
- European Research Area (ERA)
- Open Access : Positionen, Prozesse, Perspektiven [Open Access: Positions, Processes, Prospects] published by the Open Access working group of the Alliance of Scientific Organisations in Germany, 2009 (available in German only)