Open Access to Conference Proceedings
OpenProceedings is a service to the scientific community that originated from the desire of two major Computer Science conferences (EDBT—International Conference on Extending Database Technology, ICDT—International Conference on Database Theory) to make their papers available to the general public for free, following an Open Access strategy.
ICDT and EDBT started this Open Access publication platform and also make it available to other high-profile, peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings. The service is hosted at the University of Konstanz and its University Library, who have a renowned track record of encouraging and supporting Open Access publications.
All material published on OpenProceedings is copyright protected. In contrast to most commercial publishers, copyright remains with the authors, though. All we require from the authors is that they grant a publishing license, typically Creative Commons CC-by-nc-nd 4.0, that permits OpenProceedings as well as others to (re-)distribute the original works. In particular, authors are free to put identical copies on their Web pages and into institutional repositories.