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Copyright and Open Access do not contradict Each Other

The concept of open access to scientific research is being practiced in Armenia on a large scale. Many people appreciate the foundation of a platform which will legally allow people to publish scientific articles and to find the stuff they are interested in without breaking the law of copyright.

The Public Administration Academy of RA held a workshop about open access awareness. The program “Foundation of sustainable platform in Armenia for open access publications” (OAPA) was presented to the Academy staff.

The Vice-Rector on International Relations Tereza Khechoyan stated that several joint events have been carried out in the framework of the program, and it’s high-time to sum up the results and present the accomplished work.

The Director of AUA’s AGBU Papazyan Library Satenik-Bella Avagyan mentioned that it was pleasure to work with the Public Administration Academy of RA, because they’ve dealt with responsible people who really appreciate the importance of the issue.

“Today the world moves to that goal” said Mrs. Avagyan. “Open access is appreciated because budget reduction of institutions is common. And it means that the institution libraries receive less financial means. So, the foundation of such platform will be beneficial for both the researchers and those who want to use that material”.

In the context of privileges of open access the Head of Reference/Circulation department of AUA’s AGBU Papazyan Library Hasmik Galstyan reported about copyright and open access. She mentioned that these phenomenon which seem contradictory from the first glance, are actually inter-complementary. It will be impossible to make the works open without the author’s permission. And the accessibility should be provided in accordance with the conditions dictated by the author, and copyright agreement as well.

She spoke about the content of copyright, the role of the libraries in making the works accessible, reproduction of works by means of re-writing, restrictions of copyright, and the means of its violation and protection.

Mrs. Galstyan outlined the main privileges of open access: great popularity, fame and recognition, and wide cooperation. She also touched upon the required types of license for submitting the works on the relevant platforms.

These platforms become special institutional archives for the universities. Tatevik Zargaryan, librarian of library systems and e-services of the AUA’s AGBU Papazyan library, presented the institutional archives, their privileges and benefits for the institutions and the teachers. On the example of their university, she showed what such platform will look like, where not only the research work is submitted, but videos are also provided. A similar platform is being founded in the Public Administration Academy of RA.

The history and activities of the institution are digitalized by means of those platforms. It is worth mentioning that in the framework of the program both institutions have created joint guidelines which will be use exploited by other institutions of Armenia.

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