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TU Berlin University Library Open Access Policy

The Open Access Policy was adopted on 24.10.2016.

The University Library is Technische Universität Berlin's central information facility and the largest technical and natural science library in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

The principle of Open Access to scientific content is a central pillar of the University Library's mission statement, which it has pursued through a number of measures for several years. The University Library's central purpose is to acquire media and information and make this available in print and digital format. It is also a resource regarding publication procedures, archiving, and Open Access. The concept of Open Access to knowledge resources of all kinds and their usability is increasingly permeating all areas of the University Library.

To ensure that its dedication to Open Access is active and ongoing and that openness is increasingly reflected in the library's services, the TU Berlin University Library hereby makes the following 23 commitments:

Open Access at political level

(1) The University Library views itself as the driving force behind the Open Access movement at TU Berlin. Following TU Berlin's signing of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the University Library set the aim of establishing an Open Access policy for the University 


, guaranteeing free access not only to publications but also research data.

(2) The University Library is a member of regional and transregional networks, contributing to the development of concepts to promote openness (e.g. TU9, DINI e.V., University Publishers Working Group).

(3) The University Library is actively committed to implementing the Berlin Open Access Strategy.

Infrastructure and services

(4) DepositOnce is the University's own repository for research data and Open Access publications. This service is provided by the University Library together with tubIT, the IT service center, and the Research Department.

(5) The University Press is the University Library's own Open Access publisher for publication series, monographs, and collected volumes. The CC BY license, which complies with Open Access guidelines, is a mandatory requirement in author and publisher agreements. The TU Berlin University Press has formalized its commitment to Open Access in its OA guidelines.

(6) The University Library offers a publication platform for Open Access journals operated on the basis of the open-source software Open Journal Systems (OJS). The University Library is responsible both for the technical administration of the platform as well as related publishing responsibilities.

(7) Through the implementation of standardized interfaces, the metadata of the stored research results are available to third parties without restriction. The University Library supports developments in the area of digital long-term archiving to ensure free access to publications and research data in the future.

Support with Open Access publications

(8) The University Library pursues several measures to increase the number of Open Access publications among TU Berlin researchers, such as by supporting genuine Open Access publications in scientific journals, providing services for self-archiving, and making use of Open Access rights through alliance and national licenses.

(9) The University Library also supports TU Berlin researchers through comprehensive advising and training offers as well as assistance with legal issues regarding Open Access.

Open Access to the University Library's own content

(10) CC BY is the standard license for the University Library's own content (annual reports, other publications), website content (text and images), training materials (e.g. eTutorials), and its social media profiles (including among other things, the University Library Open Access blog).

(11) As a member of B3Kat, the University Library provides bibliographic data under the CC0 no-rights-reserved license. Catalog data may be used by third parties without restriction. The same also applies to metadata from the DepositOnce repository and the publication platform for Open Access journals.

(12) The University Library's own digitized copies of public domain works are public domain and made available under the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark. This particularly applies to the University Library's digitized collections and the copyright-free digitized resources of the TU Berlin Architekturmuseum.

(13) The TU Berlin University Library requires all its staff to publish using Open Access, either by means of the Gold or Green Road. Earlier publications are also reviewed for the possibility of self-archiving and, if permissible, self-archived in the TU Berlin repository.

(14) Certain presentations, training materials, and talks prepared by University Library staff for the public are made available for re-use on a suitable presentation platform under the University Library CC BY standard license. eTutorials are made available on a suitable video platform.

(15) Project proposals from the University Library are published in the TU Berlin repository or in the project partners' repositories.

Developing the University Library's holdings

(16) In the long term, transparency can strengthen the negotiating position of libraries vis-à-vis publishers and distributors and help to mitigate spiraling prices. For this reason, confidentiality clauses should be avoided and costs publicly shared.

(17) Increasingly, Open Access rights are becoming part of the negotiation of licensing agreements, both in consortia negotiations as well as direct negotiations. Depending on the situation, offsetting agreements are also an option.

(18) The University Library supports the signing of the Hague Declaration by TU Berlin and advocates for the establishment of the right to mine text and data in future negotiations

(19) The University Library supports the mission of the international Open Access 2020 initiative, thus declaring its intent to contribute to Open Access transformation. Ensuring the supply of information is also a key component of this transformation. Funds to support Open Access publications (publication funds, memberships) will initially be acquired by raising special funds.

Open Access for software

(20) Whenever possible, the University Library advocates for Open-Source software. It actively contributes to the documentation and further development of Open-Source software (such as DSpace). Calls for tenders are designed in such a way to allow Open-Source software to be considered.

(21) Self-developed software is made available for use and joint further development on a suitable platform. In such cases, recognized free licenses are to be used without copyleft clauses.

Involvement in the Open Access community

(22) The University Library participates in regional and transregional projects, which form the backbone of the Open Access community. Recommendations for changes to the SHERPA/RoMEO platform are regularly submitted. University Library staff are also active members of DINI e.V.

(23) The University Library actively participates in Open Source projects which it uses or plans to use (including DSpace and Kitodo). Recognizing that Open Source projects rely on strong communities that are as large as possible, the University Library encourages the emergence or growth of such communities.

[1] The TU Berlin Open Access Policy was adopted 06.12.2017.

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