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‘I have noticed that our negotiating structure serves as an inspiring example to foreign universities,’ said VSNU director Babs van den Bergh about her colleagues within the EUA, an important European umbrella organisation representing over 800 universities. 'The Netherlands is a small country with closely collaborating universities and a strong library consortium. This created excellent conditions to make a success of our idea,' explains Robert van der Vooren.
‘We're really making a difference now,’ says Wilma van Wezenbeek, who has been part of the VSNU open-access team in the past years. ‘Recently, together with the director of the University of Amsterdam Library, I wrote down our approach from the perspective of the libraries (see the preprint of the article). We must continue our drive towards 100% open access. It is vital that everyone plays their part: the researchers themselves, the department managers – who need to realise just how important open science and open access are, university library staff, ICT, HR, legal staff, the staff at Surfmarket and the institutions working together with us to achieve this ambition. And last but not least, the publishers.’
Robert van der Vooren
Wilma van Wezenbeek
Babs van den Bergh
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