The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and OpenAIREplus have launched the website Zenodo. This repository has been created to allow researchers to share publications and supporting data more easily, thus facilitating open collaboration and to help researchers based at institutions of all sizes to share results in a wide variety of formats across all fields of science. The website enables setting up of community collections, which means that validation of the information is done by the researchers involved and not by CERN as host organisation.
The European Commission is strongly in favour of the principle of Open Access to publicly funded research, which is reflected via several EC funded projects related to research information. Also the sharing of research data is becoming easier. Zenodo aims at bringing all these opportunities together. Tim Smith, group leader for cooperation and information services in the IT Department of CERN says: "Not only do we want to know about publications that have come out of EC-funded research, but we now also want to know what datasets have come out of the work and where they are located. Data is currently much worse served than publications... there are very few places out there for researchers to put their datasets".
In its present form Zenodo is still a pilot scheme, but it is expected that this repository will become an important chain in opening up the results of publicly funded research.
- Publication: http://www.isgtw.org/feature/cern-and-openaireplus-launch-new-european-research-repository
- Neth-Er: http://www.neth-er.eu/nl/nieuws/Nieuwe-website-ondersteunt-proces-van-Open-Access (in Dutch)