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Slide 12 from Estonian ICT Demo Center (2014) Estonian information society presentation slideshow
- Introducing policy change to the Estonian Research Council and the possibility of a national Open Access policy.
- Minting digital object identifers (DOs). UTL has joined DataCite and is now minting its own digital object identifiers (DOIs) for research data sets. St Andrews has been able to do this since April this year.
- Training researchers in self-archiving resulting in a significant increase in deposit of accepted manuscripts into UTL's repository.
- Publishing journals Open Access using the open journal system (OJS) platform.
- Publishing monographs Open Access. Tartu currently has 17 Open Access monographs on OAPEN.
- A network of credible champions has been established to advocate Open Access among their peers.
These outcomes broadly reflect institutional experience in the UK although the UK seems much more advanced in metadata and standards.
Unlike the UK, there is no downward pressure from government on Open Access. Instead, UTL engaged with the Estonian Research Council to introduce its Open Access requirement for publicly-funded research. However, there is no national Open Access mandate at this stage. Gold route publication is preferred. Deposit into institutional repositories is a precondition of research evaluation which is similar to Hefce's Open Access requirement commencing 1 April 2016. Researchers are permitted to use their research grants to pay publication costs which mirrors the position in Canada, China and the USA. But there are no supporting central funds such as the Research Councils UK block grant.
The Estonian government is committed to supporting the infrastructure of a modern information society. It will be interesting to see how it meets the socio-technical challenges imposed by copyright and publisher policies to give its citizens free access to its publicly-funded research - not just having the internet but seeing the content.