The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva-MINCYT) has taken a leading role in open access promotion in Argentina:
- Creation in 2009 of a National System of Science and Technology Digital Repositories (Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales en Ciencia y Tecnología-SNRD)
- Creation in 2009 of an Experts Committee on Digital Repositories of Science and Technology
- Promotion and proposal in Congress of an open access legislation for Argentina
- Grants for research in open access digital repositories
- Incorporating an “Open Access Argentina” section within its Electronic Library of Science and Technology
- Promotion of the open access week in Argentina
- Organization of an international conference on open access
- Representation of Argentina in the Latin America Network of Institutional Repositories National Systems (Red Federada Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales de Documentación Científica), in COAR, in the Regional Declaration promoting open access to research results funded by public funds, and other international initiatives.
- Creation of National System of Biological Data and National System of sea Data
MINCYT is working together with the National Harvester of Digital Repositories SIU-bdu2 for harvesting OAI-PMH compliant repositories. In Argentina, 19 repositories are registered in ROAR and 15 repositories in OpenDOAR, mainly university and faculty initiatives with thesis, journal articles, conference papers, teaching materials and other publications; in some cases audio and video content. Several national universities with institutional repositories promote open access and organize events for the open access week, examples: National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), National University of Rosario (Universidad Nacional de Rosario), National University of Cuyo (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo), University of Buenos Aires (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and National University of Comahue (Universidad Nacional del Comahue).
Even if no mandates from Argentina are registered in ROARMAP, a few national universities have issued resolutions or recommendations for open access to theses and other academic outputs. And Argentina has issued the open access national mandate project mentioned above.
The National Scientific and Technological Research Council, Science and Technology Information Center (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, CONICET – Centro Argentino de Información Científica y Tecnológica, CAICYT) is the national focal point for Latindex (that provides links to 80 full-text open access from Argentina) and is the national focal point of Scielo providing support and training for journal editors and today the Scielo Argentina collection has 87 full-text open access peer-review journals. The collection of peer-review journals from Argentina in Redalyc includes 41 journals, and in DOAJ 107 open access journals from Argentina are registered. CAICYT provides each year online training in the use of OJS among journal editors of the region. More than 100 open access journals in Argentina are using OJS. CAICYT, together with the Ministry of Health, MINCYT, University of Maimónides and NECOBELAC have organized a training course on scientific publications and open access repositories.
The National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) also participates with theses in Cybertesis and the National South University (Universidad Nacional del Sur) is member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
The National Network of Research and Education in Argentina (Red Nacional de Investigación y Educación de Argentina INNOVA/RED), created by CONICET, is the national focal point of RedCLARA in Argentina and, together with MINCYT, they represent Argentina in the Latin America Network of Institutional Repositories National Systems (Red Federada Latinoamericana de Repositorios Institucionales de Documentación Científica). Argentina has also members in CoLaBoRa, the Latin America Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories.
The Faculty of Sciences Digital Library of the University of Buenos Aires, together with the National University of La Plata have developed the National Center for Promotion of Greenstone in Argentina to organize courses and Greenstone users meetings.
MINCYT, together with CAICYT-CONICET and the Panamerican Health Organization in Argentina have organized the first open access week event in 2010 followed in the webconference site by 1.400 participants.
Several presentations on open access initiatives take place each year in the University Digital Libraries event (Jornada sobre la Biblioteca Digital Universitaria-JBDU), in the Librarians Association event (ABGRA), and in the Workshop of Indicators for Library Evaluation (TIEB)
Together with other countries of the region, Argentina participates in open access regional subject repositories with a growing number of full-texts, examples: health (BVS), agriculture (SIDALC), science (PERIÓDICA), education (Relpe), public management and policies (CLAD-SIARE), social sciences (CLACSO, FLACSO, CLASE), work (LABORDOC), marine sciences (Oceandocs), information science (E-Lis), among others.
Creative Commons Argentina promotes the use of open licenses in Argentina.