Promoting Open Access to librarians and researchers by the international information platform


  • Anja Oberländer
  • Karlheinz Pappenberger



OR2010, Open Access Policy, Library and information sciences, DDC: 020


Open access has become an important publication form but the concept behind is not as well known as the public discussion makes us believe sometimes. Still today open access is equalized with electronic publication and often mixed with offers like google books. Researchers feel unsure when faced with open access and as a consequence often react conservatively. A German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project (2006-2010) attempts to structure and describe the concept of and the discussion about open access. With the libraries of the Universities of Bielefeld, Goettingen und Konstanz and the Institute of Qualitative Research in Berlin, four German experts in the area of open access took the initiative to create a now well known information platform