Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Various authors, Oct 22, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Released today, the declaration defines open access (as, essentially, "free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work," and placement of the work in an open repository), and expresses its support for open access. The press release adds "The Berlin Declaration is just the beginning of a series of steps that the signatories will be taking to promote open access. Among these steps, the Max-Planck Society is Edoc, an open-access repository of all of the research output of the Max-Planck Institutes' many research laboratories. This is a truly remarkable concerted act of institutional self-archiving, and a superb example for the research world at large."
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