The National Documentation Centre (http://www.ekt.gr) is the Greek institution for documentation, information and support on science, research and technology issues. Founded in 1980, EKT/NHRF is part of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Education and Religion. EKT/NHRF's mission is to act as a backbone for the Greek national infrastructure for the development, organisation and provision of science and technology content, offering services to the country's scientific and business community. Examples of services include the National Archive of Doctoral Dissertations, the Serials Union Catalogue of Greek libraries, National Contact Point for FP7 in several subject areas and the coordination of the Greek branch of the Enterprise Europe Network. EKT/NHRF has significant experience from participation in and coordination of numerous European projects of the FP6 and FP7. EKT/NHRF operates a variety of Open Accessinfrastructures including repositories, peer-reviewed electronic journals and CRIS and participates actively in euroCRIS. It is the National Open AccessDesk for the European project OpenAIRE and was the coordinator of the project MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network). EKT/NHRF developed and maintains the main Greek portal on Open Access and has hosted three international Open Access Conferences.
Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is an organisation for universities and research institutions worldwide. The organisation is both an information service and a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities and research institutions, particularly with regard to the creation,dissemination and preservation of research findings.
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.
The context in which EOS has been established is that of increasing interest from governments, funders and the research community itself in opening up the way research is carried out and communicated. This interest is complemented by new research practices and processes that can work effectively only in an open, collaborative environment.
University of Minho (UM) is a public higher education institution, founded in 1973 and is one of the so-called "New Universities". Whilst UM is a young university, it enjoys a very high reputation for its research and educational performance. A student population of over 15000 together with more than 1100 teaching staff and almost 645 technical and administration staff make the University of Minho one of the biggest Portuguese universities.
University of Minho has been developing its institutional repository – RepositóriUM - since 2003, and is internationally known as one of the “success stories” on the development of institutional repositories and the promotion of Open Access to scientific literature. In the end of 2004 University of Minho has established a self-archiving policy of its intellectual output, requiring that all publications from university members be deposited in RepositóriUM. In 2008, University of Minho lead the Portuguese national project RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) that created the national portal of Portuguese Open Accessscientific literature (www.rcaap.pt) and SARI (Serviço de Alojamento de Repositórios Institucionais), an SaS service for institutional repositories, and has been acting as the scientific and technical coordinator of the project since then.
In the last years, University of Minho has been participating in several FP7 projects related with Open Access and repositories like DRIVER II, NECOBELAC and OpenAIRE. In OpenAIRE UMinho is not only the NOAD for Portugal, but also the regional coordinator for the Southern Region (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain) NOADS of the OpenAIRE Helpdesk System.
EIFL is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. Working in collaborations with libraries and library consortia in more than 60 transition and developing countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, EIFL enables access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. For the last ten years we had been working very closely with our Eastern European partners in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia.
Jisc is a registered charity and works on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies. Jisc offers leadership and support to UK educational organisations at a local, national and international level. Jisc designs and manages exploratory projects with its partners in the sectors it serves, and it supports services that provide expertise, advice, guidance and resources to address the needs of its customers. Jisc has more than 15 years' experience in this field.
Jisc has supported open access for many years, signing the Berlin Declaration in 2005. It supported the creation of the UK repositories network, developed key policy resources such as cost-benefit analyses of open access options, and convened the UK Open Access Implementation Group. Jisc has also underpinned key services such as EPrints, SherpaRoMEO and OpenDOAR, which work closely with OpenAIRE.
Jisc is a member of the Knowledge Exchange partnership with Danish, German, Dutch and Finnish colleagues. Jisc was also a partner in the EC eInfranet project, developing infrastructure policy in the area of the "open agenda".
Through work on the Open Definition, which sets out principles that define "openness" in relation to data and content, Open Knowledge has continually pushed the open access agenda. The Open Knowledge community working groups, which cover areas including open access, open education, open economics, open science and open archaeology, all promote open access concepts. Other open access related areas of work include the Panton Fellowships awarded to researchers who actively promote open data in all areas of science and research, the Open Science Training Initiative, open science policy work and open access campaigns.