Call for Comments on Proposed OA Policy for DBT and DST, Government of India

open-accessThe Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science & Technology, Government of India had published its proposed Open Access Policy draft on its website and had invited comments and suggestions. See here for the policy draft. You may send your comments/suggestions latest by 25th July, 2014 to madhan@dbt.nic.in

The draft policy mandates the fund grantees to deposit the final manuscripts resulting from the research projects funded by them. It is not clear from the policy draft if the data is also required to be deposited. Though there is a separated policy on ‘Open Data’ by the DST i.e. National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NSDAP), there is no mention of it in the draft policy may be because the ‘Data’ referred to in the NSDAP is not of research data.

The policy draft mandates to deposit the manuscripts within a week of acceptance in their respective Institutional Repositories or with the proposed DBT-DST repository. Currently in India there are about 100 repositories as per ROAR.

The best part of the policy is that it had specified who own the copyright of the research work and the manuscript. It has also added the Copyright Addendum.

We have a similar kind of OA policies from CSIR and ICAR.

We all should congratulate the team who had prepared the policy draft and lets send the suggestions/comments for further improvement of the policy and its implementation.

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Building Momentum for National Open Access Policy for India

oaindiaDear All,
Now the time has come to start a campaign  to submit to MHRD and Min. of S&T on National Open Access Policy. For that we need to build a momentum on what is Open Access and how it benefits all of us (science & society).
In this regard, I request you all to please share your thoughts and messages on Open Access with the Ministers responsible.
Please write to Hon’ble PM Mr. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi https://www.facebook.com/narendramodi and Hon’ble Minister HRD Ms. Smriti Z. Irani @smritiirani https://www.facebook.com/Smriti.Irani.Official).
During the Open Access Week (http://www.openaccessweek.org/)  celebrations world-wide (http://www.sparc.arl.org/initiatives/openaccessweek) , we shall submit a draft policy which was already made by our Open Access advocates like Mr. Subbiah Arunachalam and others).
On behalf of Open Access India
Sridhar Gutam
Resources:-
http://poynder.blogspot.in/2014/06/open-access-in-india-q-with-subbiah.html
http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/harnad/Temp/bangalore.doc
http://cis-india.org/openness/publications/open-access-scholarly-literature.pdf
http://knowledgecommission.gov.in/downloads/documents/wg_open_course.pdf
http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/harnad/Temp/stronger-OApolicy.htm
http://publications.drdo.gov.in/ojs/index.php/djlit/article/viewFile/151/66
http://ictlogy.net/bibliography/reports/projects.php?idp=538
http://poynder.blogspot.in/2006/11/creating-national-open-access-policy.html
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