Achieving Open Science through OpenAIRE

Gultekin Gurdal - Izmir Institute of Technology, Ilkay Holt - Consultant, and Gonul Kafali Can - Izmir Institute of Technology

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The Open Access movement in Turkey began mainly with the activities of ANKOS (The Anatolian University Libraries Consortium) Open Access and Institutional Repositories (OAIR) Working Group in 2006. With the participation of IZTECH (Izmir Institute of Technology) in OpenairePlus project in 2011, OpenAIRE 2020 project in 2015 and OpenAIRE Advance project in 2018, Open Access and Open Science practices gained tremendous momentum in the country. This poster will provide information about series of developments in Open Access and Open Science both at policy and infrastructure level in Turkey since 2011 as a result of participation in OpenAIRE projects.

Turkey is the one of the largest higher education landscape with the 206 universities in Europe. The 129 of these universities are financed publicly, and the rest are the private, foundation universities. Therefore, it is important to be aligned with Europe and beyond in the Open Science movement.

Before the participation of OpenAIREPlus project in 2011, the number of institutional repositories were very few and there were no Open Access or Open Science policy in place. In 2010, the number of institutional repositories in DOAR from Turkey was only 8 but by May 2019 this number is 87. Advocacy and negotiations with TUBITAK-ULAKBIM (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey - Turkish Academic Network and Information Center) resulted in the establishment of National Harvesting System called “Turkey Academic Archive”. In this portal, there are 728.231 records from 79 institutions by 16 May 2019. TUBITAK-ULAKBIM DergiPark which is an open journal publishing system now includes 1818 journals and is also one of the biggest OpenAIRE data provider.

OpenAIRE strengthened the Turkish community to achieve these through its recommendations, knowledge sharing, and good practices within the network as well as its training activities. OpenAIRE helps building the future of open science.

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