Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia: OA advocacy case studies

16 Feb 2012

EIFL has provided small grants to support national and institutional open access advocacy campaigns to reach out to research communities.

Below are the results of national campaigns in Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia, as reported by: Elena Sipria-Mironov and Merit Burenkov,University of Tartu Library, Estonia; Gintarė Tautkevičienė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania; and Dr Luka Šušteršič, Head, Jožef Stefan Institute Science Information Centre, Slovenia. 


Institutional repository as the basis of the promotion and implementation of Open Access principles

Key achievements 

  • A series of promotional activities were held during OA Week 2011, resulting in increased usage of OA textbooks and learning objects in the University of Tartu (UT)’s institutional repository and of UT’s OA web site portal. During the period of January - December 2011, the University of Tartu Library (UTL) Open Access gate had more than 30,000 visits (20,500 unique page-views). And during OA Week visits increased 23%.
  • Created a general print brochure on OA that was sent to all libraries and UT colleges and a video promoting their IR.
  • The UTL is now taking part in the Estonia Ministry of Education and Research for monitoring Estonian research policies and is involved in national OA policy discussions
  • The UTL has become a centre of learning and knowledge sharing for other institutions seeking advice in the field of OA.
Read the case study [PDF]


Promoting open access in Lithuania

Key achievements  

  • The Lithuanian research community and policy-makers became better informed about OA benefits and new possibilities for the research dissemination and sharing, as well as about the impact of OA on scholarly communication.
  • A conference was held with over 100 participants, who learned about OA initiatives and projects.
  • Three videos were produced from interviews conducted with well-known policy-makers, researchers, librarians and publishers discussing OA; the videos will be used to promote OA among the top research managers and researchers.
  • The number of downloads of the videos since launch has been over 650 views, indicating an interest in learning more.
  • A new partnership with Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers was formed. 

Read the case study [PDF


OPENACCESS.SI – Slovenian national open access web site

Key achievements 

  • Launch of a national website on OA in Slovenian - OPENACCESS.SI; since launch (in October), the usage continues to grow, reaching a high of over 2,000 visits in January 2012, even before a wide systematic promotion has been carried out.
  • A web site that provides users with knowledge on open availability of publicly funded research results and also assists researchers in complying with OA mandates and scientific publishers in need of guidelines and standards for OA publishing
  • The creation of an OA network consisting of thirteen major Slovenian research institutions (universities, institutes and libraries), representing almost all active researchers in the country
  • There is now a core group of OA advocates who act as an open interest group advocating for OA, and as the advisory body on OA in Slovenia
  • The project received the attention, support, and cooperation of the main national actors in R&D, including the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Slovenian Research Agency, and the Science and Technology Directorate at the Ministry
Read the case study [PDF]  


This week we will release all the case studies describing the results of 13 EIFL-funded projects that implemented national and institutional Open Access advocacy campaigns to reach out to research communities and Open Access publishing initiatives. Through small grants and support from their own institutions, the projects engaged in a wide variety of campaigns and activities, including: holding workshops, creating websites, building institutional repositories, creating an e-learning course, and implementing an open access publishing platforms. All of which resulted in increased awareness about and understanding of Open Access.

The EIFL-OA programme is supported by the Information programme, Open Society Foundations.