In a recent LIBLICENSE blog post (25 March 2013) Richard Poynder writes that during a two-day inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review held in Washington last May — which was organised by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) at the request of the White House Office of Science & Technology (OSTP) — a new organisation called the Global Research Council (GRC) came into being. The first initiative of the GRC was to publish a Merit Review Statement.
For Open Access (OA) advocates, a more interesting outcome of the Washington summit was the news that the GRC had decided to take up the issue of OA. As a result, at a second summit — to be held in Berlin at the end of May — GRC will release consensus statements on both merit review and OA.
But what exactly is GRC, how will it be funded, what is its remit, and what precisely are its aspirations so far as Open Access is concerned?
To find out more Richard Poynder conducted an interview with Johannes Fournier, who works for the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The interview can be read here: http://poynder.blogspot.fr/2013/03/the-open-access-interviews-johannes.html