The main objective of the European OpenAIRE project (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is the placing on free access of publications benefiting from European Commission Funding (within the 7th Framework Programme) or funding from the European Research Council.
The researchers who benefit from the project in the 7 predefined disciplines are obliged to place the results of their research online, to enable consultation of the integral text on open access throughout the entire world with a maximum embargo period of 12 months.
ORBi is now compliant with OpenAIRE
This means that the visibility of these publications will be also assured on the OpenAIRE portal, thanks to their FP7 stamp, in addition to the general and thematic search engines on which ORBi is already present.
In connection with this project, the European Commission has published, in February, the result of an survey carried out with the co-ordinators of the 811 projects identified as being part of the pilot project launched in 2008 within the context of FP7.
It focused on the perception of the project, the problems encountered in depositing within an archive and the reimbursement of publication costs, and the policy of free access in the European programmes. The investigation in particular showed that obstacles to depositing are related to copyright and the policies of publishers. There exists moreover a problem of communication on the part of the Commission because the majority of people did not know of the OpenAIRE portal for depositing and did not know that their publication costs could be reimbursed.
(Source: Blog Inist)