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Germany's main scientific organisations have issued a joint statement backing initiatives that provide free scientific information over the Internet.

The declaration — to be issued after a three-day meeting in Berlin — evolved from a European-funded digital project, European Cultural Heritage Online, which facilitates access to cultural materials.

Open-access backers say this is the first time they have won formal support from all major research organisations in a large nation.

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Reference: Nature 425, 752 (2003)