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Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies: Introductory

This is an introductory course for funders, and comprises:
• A general introduction to terms and operation of Open Access and Open Data.
• An exposition of demonstrable advantages of Open Access and Open Data for the funder’s remit.
• An explanation of the requirements of Horizon 2020 regarding Open Access and Open Data.
• An exposition of the PASTEUR4OA analysis of characteristics of successful policies and mandates.
• A guide to developing effective Open Data policies.
• Examples of successful policies and mandates.
• Suggested further reading.

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Provides a brief introduction to the main concepts of Open Science, discusses the rationale for Open Science and highlights the implications for the research lifecycle.

Discusses and provides evidence for the impact of Open Data and Open Access.

Provides definitions of the main terms used in Open Science, including Research Data, and Gold and Green Open Access

Outlines the Horizon 2020 policy and recommendations on Open Access and Open Data, and the underlying rationale.

Describes what an Open Access policy should cover and what makes a policy effective; provides a model Open Access policy; explains why policies of this type work and gives examples.

Describes what an Open Data policy covers; discusses the content of a model Open Data policy; gives a practical checklist for developing an Open Data policy; discusses what makes an Open Data policy effective; and analyses existing policies of funders and links to examples.

Directs to an extensive range of briefing papers and Open Access/Open Data policy guidelines, mainly drawn from the PASTEUR4OA project, the Digital Curation Centre and RECODE.

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Level of knowledge: Introductory: no previous knowledge is required