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EU-China Joint White Paper on the Internet of Things

(1 June 2016) This white paper reflects the outcome of several years of the IoT international cooperation between the EU and China and documents the state-of-the-art on IoT development in both regions and future cooperation fields. In both regions the Internet of Things (IoT) is high on the political agenda, in particular addressing Industrial IoT […]


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European scientific articles to be publicly accessible by 2020

(27 May 2016) All publicly funded scientific articles will be freely available in Europe by 2020. There will only be a few cases in which the articles will not be available, such as intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues. Michael Kozlowski writes that under the presidency of Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture […]


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EU Member States may permit libraries to digitize books without copyright owner’s consent

(11 September 2014) An EU press release reports that Member States may, within certain limits and under certain conditions, including the payment of fair compensation to rightholders, permit users to print out on paper or store on a USB stick the books digitised by the library. Pursuant to the Copyright Directive, authors have the exclusive right […]


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Libraries can now digitise books without asking rightholders

(5 June 2014) According to EU Advocate General Jääskinen, a Member State may authorise libraries to digitise, without the consent of the rightholders, books they hold in their collection so as to make them available at electronic reading points. While the Copyright Directive does not allow Member States to authorise users to save a book […]


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U-Multirank: new international university ranking

(13 May 2014) A new global university ranking, set up with EUR2 million in funding from the European Union, is launched today. U-Multirank, which assesses the performance of more than 850 higher education institutions worldwide, breaks new ground by producing multi-dimensional listings rating universities on a much wider range of factors than existing international rankings. […]


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EU causes collapse of WIPO meeting

(6 May 2014) Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down in the early hours of Saturday morning 3 May, after the European Union (EU) attempted to block future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives fulfill their missions in the digital environment. […]


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Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe’s innovation capacity

(Brussels, 17 July 2013) The European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research. This will boost Europe’s innovation capacity and give citizens quicker […]


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LIBER and LERU support an open data pilot for research data

(3 July 2013) The European Commission is developing an Open Data Pilot to stimulate a data-sharing culture among researchers. Paul Ayris, President of LIBER, attended a key meeting about the pilot in Brussels. In this statement  he explains the relevance of this Open Data Pilot for research libraries.


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European Commission welcomes Parliament adoption of new EU Open Data rules

(5 June 2013) Today the European Parliament formally adopted the updated EU rules on the re-use of public sector information, thereby completing the formal EU approval process. The Council already agreed to the new rules at the Telecoms Council last week. The agreement on the new text has been reached in only 16 months, showing […]


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