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More on EurOpenScholarship from the Rector of the University of Liege (Excerpt translated from http://recteur.blogs.ulg.ac.be/?p=151 )
"EurOpenScholar will be a showcase and a tool for the promotion of OA in Europe. It will be a consortium of European universities resolved to move forward on OA and to try to convince the largest possible number of researchers, their institutions and their European Funding Agencies to engage now in what will undoubtedly be the mode of communication of tomorrow. The transitional period will be the most difficult. Our goal is to facilitate and thereby accelerate as much as possible the transition to the OA era.
"The EurOpenScholar web site, hosted by the ULg, will provide an information-gathering service concerning OA institutional repositories and OA journals, with a discussion forum on OA and the methods emerging in the field of scientometrics (research performance and impact measurement, ranking and anlysis).
"EurOpenScholar's primary objective will be to open researchers' eyes to the new ways of promoting the spread of knowledge and of assessing research progress and performance in the OA era. This will contribute to the advancement of research in Europe and to the promotion of European research and European researchers.
"In addition, EurOpenScholar will address itself to research managers, funding agencies, national and local research policy-makers, the R&D; industry, the media, and the general public, facilitating synergies and technology transfer and providing an effective channel for the communication of real science to the public, either directly or through the media." [Bernard Rentier, Rector, U. Liege]