What is EnablingOpenScholarship
EnablingOpenScholarship (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.
Our first meeting was held at the University of Liege on 18 October 2007 (The Liege Convention) and subsequent meetings have furthered the development of the organisation and enabled planning for the future.
This website will report on developments of relevance to the mission of EnablingOpenScholarship and will provide news and details of forthcoming meetings, briefings and discussion sessions.
EOS is the Greek word for 'dawn' and is a most appropriate name for an organisation dedicated to changing the old order for something better.
Who is EOS for?
EOS membership is for senior institutional managers who have an interest in, and wish to help develop thinking on, strategies for promoting open scholarship to the academy as a whole and to society at large.
The EOS website is a resource open to all. It provides background information, data and guidance material on open scholarship-related issues. There is an area of the site that is accessible to members only where members can find announcements, news and discussions.
What can EOS offer your institution?
We offer an outreach service to universities and research institutes - whether members or not - that need help, advice, guidance or information on open scholarship issues. We do this through the resource represented by this website and also by providing information on an individual basis to institutions that need it.
Our board is composed of people who have personally instigated the kinds of changes in their own institutions that herald the benefits of the open scholarly communication system of the future. This expertise is available for others to tap into. Institutional managers who would like guidance or advice on developing policies and procedures can request help from EOS on an individual basis.
Download a leaflet about EOS.
Membership is available to approved institutions and individuals who have an interest in furthering the aims of the organisation. Anyone who is interested in enrolling their institution as a member should provide their details on the membership page. Those with enquiries are invited to email the convenor of the group, Dr Alma Swan (contact details) .
For more details about EOS events and activities , and to check whether there is one happening near you, please follow this link.
The UK Government's Department of Business, Information & Skills is conducting an inquiry into the Government's Open Access policy. Written submissions are welcome. The deadline is 7 February.
The UK's House of Lords (upper chamber of Parliament) Science & Technology Committee is conducting an enquiry into Open Access. Written submissions are welcome. The deadline is 18th January.
The European Commission has released its Communication and Recommendation to Member States, with good news for Open Access and Open Data.
The Communication sets out open access policy objectives for the research funded by the Commission through Horizon 2020. An accompanying Recommendation provides a policy framework for improving access to and preservation of scientific information in EU Member States.
The UK's Research Councils have proposed a revised policy on Open Access which further clarifies RCUK's definition of OA and strengthens some of the criteria that must be satisfied.
EOS has submitted a response to the Request For Information from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy on public access to research publications.