A coalition of library and research community representatives, comprising EBLIDA, DCC, IFLA and SPARC Europe, recently submitted their position and proposed amendments to the Directive 2003/98/EC on the reuse of public sector information. The two documents were shared with EU rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs with the request that these amendments be taken forward for consideration for the next stage of the process.
This latest move is part of a year-long advocacy effort to urge lawmakers to consider the library and research communities in the rewriting of Europe’s copyright law.
Among the amendments proposed by the coalition was language: stipulating that all wholly or majority-funded research be made open as default, or as closed as necessary as required by other bodies of law; broadening the definition of where data is stored, i.e beyond institution and subject-based repositories to include other local, national or international data infrastructure; encouraging the consistent provision of data management plans; requiring that data follow the FAIR data principles; and specifying that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) also be compatible with FAIR principles, being ‘self-descriptive and using open protocols.’
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