PASTEUR4OA/PASTEUR4OA - Open Access Policy Alignment STrategies for European Union Research

PASTEUR4OA supports the aim of encouraging the development of matching policies on Open Access and Open Data in the European Union, according to the European Commission’s recent Recommendation on “Access to and preservation of scientific information” (July 2012) and in view of maximizing alignment with the Horizon 2020 policy on access to the research funded by the Commission.
The project helps develop and/or reinforce Open Access strategies and policies at the national level and facilitate their coordination among all Member States. It will build a network of centres of expertise in Member States that will develop a coordinated and collaborative programme of activities in support of policymaking at the national level under the direction of project partners.
The project builds on an already existing project, Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet - capitalizing on its work and an already established network within Mediterranean Europe. Further, it will take advantage of the experience and extensive networks of organizations such as EOS (Enabling Open Scholarship), JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), SparcEUROPE, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), EIFL, as well as prominent funding organizations that participate in the consortium, to secure a European-wide engagement of bodies of authority of the Member States with the project’s aims and extend its impact beyond Member States to neighbouring Accession States.
More specifically, PASTEUR4OA will improve coordination in developing OA policies that align to the European Commission’s Recommendations and Horizon2020 rules by realizing the following measurable and verifiable objectives:
  • The identification of Key Node organisations throughout Europe and in accession/associated states, on the basis of their institutional profile, record and ability to influence policymaking, and the development of a network of expert organisations
  • The development of a programme for engaging policymakers
  • A Europe-wide project meeting of national experts
  • Establish the foundations of a Knowledge Net by the end of the project through continuous engagement of the Key Node organisations.
  • Recording policies and policy types in order to develop a policy typology
  • Policy analysis: effectiveness and growth
  • A mapping of existing policies to policymakers
  • Development of advocacy materials
  • The identification of policymakers in the MS and accession/associated states
  • Policymaker engagement
  • The project’s final conference which will bring together Key Node members and policymakers, as well as provide the opportunity for a wider presentation of project achievements