Declaration of a strong institutional policy

The University of Liège has, for several years already, carried out an active policy in matters of support for open access to academic information and henceforth fully subscribes to the principles of Open Access. By his commitment, voiced in numerous position statements and, more importantly, in the implementation of an ambitious institutional repository policy, Rector Bernard Rentier has made it possible for the ULg to position itself as an important Open Access policy player on the national as well as the international arena.

Development of PoPuPS, BICTEL/e-ULg and ORBi

For its part, the Library Network has been developing - for several years already - multiple initiatives in matters of Open Access, whereby particular attention is given to the interoperability of these tools and to their being used in the best possible way on the international arena.

At ULg : PoPuPS

Portal for the Publication of Scientific Journals of the Wallonia-Europe University Academy established by the ULg's Library Network.

Its goal is to permit journals – existing or new - published by members of the Academy, and who so wish, to be distributed in Open Access, easily and free of charge, through an institutional tool interoperable with similar international initiatives.

As of October 14th 2009, twelve academic journals are available via the portal.


This first institutional directory initiative within the frame work of a project initiated by the Interuniversity Library of the French-speaking Community in Belgium (BICfB) concerns doctoral theses. In July 2006, the ULg's Administrative Board decided to make it mandatory for all Ph. D students to place on BICTEL/e an electronic version of all new doctoral and postdoctoral theses defended within the Institution.

As of October 14th 2009, more than 290 doctoral theses are already freely available in electronic form, fully or in part.

At ULg : Institutional Repository ORBi

The creation of an institutional repository fits in with the second Open Access development strand. ORBi becomes integrated into the vast network of open institutional archives established all over the world (Directory of Open Access Repositories).

DRIVER context

A European dimension has recently been added within the scope of DRIVER (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research). This project, financed by the European Union, intends to furnish a series of recommendations and services (Service Oriented Architecture) allowing the national networks to be connected and a European infrastructure of open archives to be built. The institution responsible for DRIVER-Belgium is the Ghent University.

The birth of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)

At the initiative of the ULg's Rector B. Rentier, a meeting took place on October 18th 2007, with various principals and representatives of European universities. This reunion had the objective to establish the foundations for a movement promoting open access. Its outcome was the creation of the organization Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS), whose goal is to unite worldwide universities and research institutions.

"The aim of EOS is to further the opening up of scholarship and research that we are now seeing through the growing open access, open education, open science and open innovation movements.

These, and other, 'open' approaches to scholarship are changing the way research and learning are done and there are profound implications for universities and research institutions. EOS has been established to help guide developments and to assist others in understanding the issues and their implications."

Reports, documents and presentations

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