Until 2011 information on open access (OA) in Slovenia was scattered. Individual OA enthusiasts and supporters were promoting OA and sharing information with academic and research communities, but their efforts were not coordinated.
In February 2011, representatives of Slovenian universities, research institutions and libraries met to discuss how to promote OA in Slovenia in a more organized way. The meeting decided by consensus that a web-portal would be the most effective tool for deepening understanding about the benefits of OA, and how OA could improve visibility of Slovenian research.
This work became more urgent in April 2011 when the Slovenian Government approved the Research Infrastructure Development Plan 2011-2020. The plan sets out Slovenia's priorities for development of international and national research support infrastructure and participation in large-scale European projects. Among the listed priorities is incorporation of OA in national infrastructure for depositing data and publications from publicly-funded research.
With a small grant from EIFL, a consortium of 13 Slovenian universities, research institutions and research libraries launched an OA awareness-raising and advocacy campaign. The main engine for the campaign was to be a national web-portal to share knowledge about OA, in Slovenian.
- Developing a consortium of universities and research institutes to take forward OA awareness-raising and advocacy.
- Creating, managing, evaluating and upgrading a national web-portal focused on OA issues and developments.
- Organizing teams to provide a steady stream of up-to-date content and to promote use of the web-portal.
2011 - 2017
The project has -
- Created a sustainable mechanism for organized and systematic dissemination of information about OA in Slovenian. The web-portal - OPENACCESS.SI (completed in 2011 and upgraded in 2017) - includes information for academics, researchers, librarians and OA journal publishers and editors, about:
- Open science, open access and open data, including definitions of terms and a list of centres of support for OA in Slovenia.
- International and national developments in relation to OA, for example, how to comply with OA policies and mandates of major international research programmes and projects, like the European Union-funded Horizon 2020 programme and OpenAIRE.
- National OA research and publication strategies and policies, like the National Strategy for Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020, and the related Action Plan.
- Availability of funding for research.
- Guidelines for creating an OA journal, or transforming a subscription journal to OA, and standards for OA journal publishing.
- Information about institutional OA repositories in Slovenia and other countries in Europe.
- OA awareness-raising campaigns and events.
- Won recognition and support from the main national actors in research and development in Slovenia, including the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Science and Technology Directorate at the Ministry, and the Slovenian Research Agency.
- Raised awareness about OA: by 2017, the web-portal was receiving an average of 21,500 visitors a month.
- Developed a strong base for ongoing OA advocacy and awareness-raising in Slovenia, including:
- An OA network comprising 13 major research institutions (universities, research institutes and libraries), representing the majority of active researchers in the country.
- Volunteer teams drawn from universities and research institutes to update the web-portal.
- A core group of OA advocates, who also act as advisors on OA.
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EIFL is also involved in supporting OA, open research data and open science in Slovenia through the FOSTER (Facilitating Open Science Training for European Research) and OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe projects.