By providing Open Access to academic publications, we make research findings more visible to more people and this helps to accelerate the process of innovation.
The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe promotes Open Access and has adopted an Open Access Policy.
At the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, our research staff have the opportunity to offer their publications on an open source basis via our in-house Publication Server and using the open source software OPUS. These tools also give them the option of verifying any of their existing Open Access publications. The metadata contained in their published works can then be passed on via a standardized interface (OAI-PMH 2.0) to other portals, including LeibnizOpen, the Open Access portal of the Leibniz Association.
Due to the multi-faceted nature of the work we do at the Herder Institute, Open Access here does not just mean ensuring that academic publications like monographs, anthologies, essays and blog posts are made freely available. For us, Open Access also means providing free access to research data, metadata and digital content from the collections, as well as “dynamic knowledge inventories” (databases, digital publications), and that we continue to develop open source software for the Digital Humanities. In order to support Open Access at the Herder Institute in all of its wide-ranging aspects, the following people are available to advise on specific topics: