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Nordic Open Access - a driver of innovation

  • Published 18/12/2013
The Nordic Council of Ministers and seven of its underlying institutions, Nordic Innovation included, have joined forces on a common publishing platform - dubbed Nordeana. This means that all reports, books, journals and policy papers will be freely accessible to everyone.

 

- The knowledge we acquire about the Nordic countries should be available to everybody, and communicated so that others can build upon it. We are talking about optimal operationalisation of benefits and Open Access is a means to achieving this, says Dagfinn Høybråten, secretary general of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

This is good news for Nordic SMEs according to Jørn Johansen, senior technology specialist at DELTA, an Approved Technological Service Institute, who works closely to help companies innovate when developing high-tech products.

 

- In innovation projects, I’ve seen researchers having access to all the relevant articles they need through their universities. This enables them to play a major role in the product development. But SMEs don't necessarily have the same knowledge at their disposal - and would most certainly be able to contribute more if they did, Johansen says.

 

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Open is more

- It is natural to introduce Open Access that harmonises with national and international policies. This opens not only windows to the world - but it opens doors as well, Høybråten says.

 

The statement is supported by Niels Stern, head of publications at the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

-This is essentially about providing free access to published knowledge funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and its institutions. In this way we are joining a worldwide, democratic project that has not yet succeeded fully, but to which we as an international organisation can make a positive contribution, Stern says.

 

Nordic Innovation will continually report on the development of Nordeana – the Nordic Open Access repository. If you wish to read more about the project now - click here to read an interview with Dagfinn Høybråten and Niels Stern.