A world in which scientific knowledge can be freely distributed, without barriers, through the Internet (the world’s vast unifying network).
This is the essence of the Berlin Declaration, which was promoted by the Max Planck Society and signed by the world’s major research centres.
Now Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) has also decided to sign.
The Declaration was created to sustain and encourage the free exchange of scientific publications and research results through the principles of open access. In other words, the distribution of information will be paid for by those who publish the information and not by those who read it.
According to the Declaration, researchers will need to make the commitment to becoming the first lead players in a huge international undertaking, which must involve the scientific community and the institutions responsible for producing and archiving scientific literature, such as libraries, archives, and museums.
In signing the Berlin Declaration, the participating institutions are committing themselves to promoting the Internet as a tool for developing scientific knowledge and to recognising the worldwide strategic role of open access. It is thus necessary to be able to rely on the collaboration of European researchers. Encouraging scientific researchers to publish on the web and cultural institutions to make their resources available by creating open archives are fundamental prerequisites for the successful promotion of this new approach to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.
It will also be necessary to develop new means of evaluating the scientific literature in accordance with current standards of quality and to ensure that open access publications be recognised in job competitions and career advancement.
Roberto Petronzio, president of INFN
“The Berlin Declaration, which was presented at the conference on Open Access held at the Max Planck Society in Berlin in 2003, was created in accordance with the spirit of the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Echo Charter, and the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, documents that promote a substantial change in how scientific literature is published. The document has already been signed by numerous scientific universities and institutions in countries throughout the world, including Italy.”
National Institute for Nuclear Pysics
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