This report is the third in a series which examines issues relating to the economic sustainability of critical infrastructure services that support the operation and growth of open-access dissemination of scholarly and scientific research. This report is intended to guide funders and project planners in constructing and coordinating collective funding models capable of supporting open-access infrastructure resources. The report:

  • reviews the fundamentals of robust sustainability modeling (Section 2);
  • outlines the economic and institutional issues that confront those seeking to sustain free infrastructure services and discusses the implications of free models for an initiative’s ability to provide an optimal level of service (Section 3); and
  • identifies strategies for overcoming institutional free ridership in the design of funding models and describes practical mechanisms for coordinating the collective provision of infrastructure services (Section 4).

#EU #DigitalAgenda – some interesting links

Speeches by Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission)

22/2/2013 Brussels: EU & US for Growth, Investment Crowd-funding and Support

26/2/2013 Barcelona: Smashing barriers and thinking big and press release “What did the EU ever do for the mobile industry?

UPDATE 1: DG Connect (Unit E2) launches a web-based Public Consultation with a view to defining future research priorities in Cloud Computing, Software and Services, ahead of the H2020 ICT Work Programme 2014-15. All interested stakeholders (industry, research centres, academia, SMEs and users) are warmly invited to contribute.

see also: A Roadmap for Advanced Cloud Technologies under H2020 – Recommendations by the Cloud Expert Group (December 2012) 

cloud report

see also: the EC just released conclusions of the Internet of Things public consultation 

“The European Commission published the results of the public consultation on the Internet of Things and the output from the work of the group of experts on the Internet of Things. The conclusions will help to define the future policy on the Internet of Things.

The public consultation was held between April and July 2012 (see IP/12/360). 600 people, associations and various groups from academics and civil society, as well industry players responded to the consultation. Through the public consultation, the Commission sought views on an a policy approach to foster a dynamic development of Internet of Things in the digital single market while ensuring appropriate protection and trust of EU citizens.

Together with the results of the public consultation, the Commission publishes the output from the work of the group of experts on the Internet of Things. Information on the entire work of the group can be found in the Register of the Commission Expert Groups.

The Commission will develop future policy initiatives on the basis of these documents and with further support from the CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation (CAF).”


Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) has decided to establish a group of experts to get advice about the orientations to be adopted in the design of research and innovation activities and initiatives dealing with Research and Innovation in ICT (communication networks, computing systems, digital content and related technologies). This group will be called “CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation” (CAF).

For more information click here. This document includes list of members of the CAF for 2013-2014 (2 year mandate).

How Academies can engage with policy: tips from the “Science-Policy Dialogue” EASAC project

When I was about to create this post, with yet another interesting link that I found, my eye fell immediately to my latest post entitled “How academics can engage with policy: 10 tips for a better conversation“. So I found it funny when I realised that this post is about a good practice guide in Dialogue between Academies and Policy Communities. The first was about academics and policy-makers, this one is about academies and policy-makers.

I am a bit confused about all the different associations of Academies worldwide. I am trying to understand what is the purpose of each one and what differentiates them. There is ICSU, there is the IAP, there is EASAC, there is Academia Europaea, etc, etc. I hope one day I will be able to find out what are the differences.