Open Access Research Infrastructure in the Western Balkans Support Programme

About

The Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat has launched Open Access Research Infrastructure in the Western Balkans Support Programme to assist development of research infrastructures in the region within the Multi-annual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) endorsed at the WB Leader’s Summit in July 2017 in Trieste. A part of MAP REA is focused on removing obstacles to mobility of students, researchers and academics through joint policies, measures and instruments aimed at increasing academic and research mobility and cooperation.

Purpose

The Programme has two specific purposes:

  1. to guide the preparation of the Open Access policies for 30 selected Research Infrastructures in the Western Balkans, specifically, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia &
  2. to train management, administrative and research staff to introduce principles of Open Access to 30 selected Research Infrastructures in the Western Balkans.

Future activities

The work will not only contribute to the development of the Open Science practices in the higher education and public research organisations in the region, but will lay the foundation for the establishment of the Network of Open Research Infrastructures in the Western Balkans, which the RCC is pioneering in the region. The development of Open Access policies is an essential part of the well-functioning research infrastructures.
The work on developing the Open Access policies will be done in close cooperation with the management, administrative and research staff of the selected Research Infrastructures.

Open Access to Research Infrastructure training materials

European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures
Principals and Guidelines to Open Access RIs
Open Access Policy template and notes
Open Access to Research Infrastructure Training DAY 1_29.06.20
Open Access to Research Infrastructure Training DAY 2_30.06.20
National Guidelines For Access By Researchers to Research Infrastructure Hosted by Higher Education Institutions or Other Research Bodies in Ireland
National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS Open Access Regulation EN
SOLARIS PL Terms and Conditions of use
Operating Rules of SRED Open Access Centre of Kaunas University of Technology
Vilnius University Open Access Operating Rules

Contacts

External experts:
Dr Jelena Angelis angelis@efiscentre.eu &
Dr Lisa Cowey L.Cowey@T3i.co.uk

Expert on Human Capital Development – RCC
Sinisa Marcic sinisa.marcic@rcc.int


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.