Open access boosts citations, study confirms

The power of open access (OA) publishing to enhance the impacts of research is highlighted by a new study carried out by scientists in Canada and the UK and published in the journal PLoS ONE. The researchers hope their findings will encourage more universities, research institutions and research funders to adopt OA self-archiving mandates, in which all research published under their auspices is made freely available to other researchers.

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Europe celebrates the Day for Civil Justice

Following on from other existing major "European Days", in 2003 the European Commission and the Council of Europe established a European Civil Justice Day to take place on 25 October each year, in order to bring civil justice to the attention of the European public.

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Analysing children's safety in the Internet

One of the main objectives of the Digital Agenda is creating a safer environment for parents and their children in the Internet. Although recent studies show that on-line risks have fallen and children are more and more familiar with the net, they also highlight that many children are still nor aware about the best way in which they can protect themselves.

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EDPS calls for stricter conditions for the use and transfer of passenger's personal data

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued an opinion on the European Commission's communication on the transfer of Passenger Name Record data to third countries welcoming its support to stronger data protection, but highlighting that aspects such as the use of these data for risk assessment should be carefully considered.

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New rail freight regulation is already on track

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 20 October the Regulation Nº 913/2010  of 22 September 2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight. This new legislation aims to boost rail freight in Europe fostering the development of a high-quality rail infrastructure management at international level.

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Commission promotes data interchange for better maritime surveillance

Currently, there are many different authorities and public agencies holding a huge amount of varied data related to maritime surveillance and traffic control. In order to cope with this situation and move towards a more efficient and cost-effective maritime sector, the European Commission has put forward a series of initiatives to bring together all relevant authorities of every affected areas in all member states.

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