Where can I get specific information and guidance on Open Access in Europe?

The OpenAIRE initiative (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) aims to support the implementation of the Open Access policies of the European Commission and the European Research Council. The OpenAIRE portal provides extensive information, statistics and explanations about open access in Europe and allows research participants to locate their open access directory, deposit their publications or data therein, and link research results to funding.

We have created a website to present our FP7 project. We would like to include a copyright notice on the homepage. How should we formulate this notice?

As long as your website meets the requirements for copyright protection (in particular a requirement of originality), copyright will arise automatically. Therefore, although it is good practice to include a copyright notice on your webpage, the existence of copyright will not depend on this notice.

We have created a website to present our FP7 project. How can this website be protected?

In the EU, websites are works which are usually protected by copyright, provided that they are the result of the creativity of their author(s), that is, that they are original. Copyright protection arises automatically upon the creation of the work, and grants its owner several exclusive rights such as the rights to copy, to distribute, and to communicate the work to the public.

Do participants need to state the source of funding in the materials (e.g. book or website) through which they present their results?

According to article II.30.4 of the standard model grant agreement, participants must include in all dissemination actions the following statement acknowledging the financial support of the European Union:

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° xxxxxx.

We want to disseminate our project results freely on the Internet, is it possible and under which conditions?

Any dissemination (including publications on web-pages) should be delayed until a decision about its possible protection has been made (through IPRs or trade secrets).

The other participants may object to the dissemination activity if their legitimate interests, in relation to their foreground or background, could suffer disproportionately great harm. Therefore, no dissemination of foreground may take place before a decision is made regarding its possible protection.

What is the "plan for the use and dissemination of foreground (PUDF)"?

Proposals will have to contain a "plan for the use and dissemination of foreground" to show that the knowledge generated will be taken through to application. This plan will be updated as a part of the periodic and final reports to reflect the evolving intentions for the protection, use and dissemination of the knowledge generated under the project.

What is the meaning of "dissemination"?

Dissemination means the disclosure of knowledge by any appropriate means (e.g. publications, conferences, workshops, web-based activities). Each participant shall ensure that the foreground it owns is disseminated as swiftly as possible. However, any dissemination (including publications or release of information on web pages) should be delayed until a decision about its possible protection has been made (through IPR or trade secrets).