Open Access Week in the Netherlands

The International Open Access Week took place from 22 until 26 October. A range of events were held across the Netherlands, based on the theme ‘Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge’. The Netherlands Open Science Festival, for instance, was organised jointly by the university libraries, SURF, the National Open Science Platform and the PhD Network of the Netherlands (PNN). This festival for researchers centred on the question of how scientists can make their own research open. Participants shared experiences, new insights and practical tools.

In addition, Marjan Grootveld (DANS) gave two interactive webinars entitled ‘Q&A FAIR data and trusted repositories’ and ‘Openness, exchange, FAIR Data – oh brave new world that has such vision in’t!’. The presentations were a plea for FAIR research data, stored in reliable repositories. To conclude the Open Access Week, SURF, Fontys and TU Delft organised the seminar ‘Open Science meets Open Education’.

In addition to the various events held during the week, the VSNU also published a daily vlog featuring the major stakeholders involved in open access, such as Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, chief negotiator Koen Becking and PNN chair Anne de Vries. Those vlog posts are available here.

Open access developments in the Netherlands

Open access: intermediate results in the Netherlands
In late 2013, State Secretary Dekker formulated objectives with regard to open access, which were then tightened in the National Open Science Plan at the start of 2017: ‘100% open access publishing by 2020’. How much progress have we made so far?

Experts from all universities have established a definition framework that can be used to determine the percentage of articles published open access and to distinguish between ‘gold’, ‘hybrid’ and ‘green’. Figures from 2017 reveal that 50% of the peer-reviewed articles from 14 Dutch universities are available open access (on a total of 55,713 articles). This was true of 42% of articles in 2016. At most universities, the highest percentage of open access articles was found in the category ‘Hybrid and not DOAJ OA’ (20% in 2016 and 23% in 2017).