Knowledge sharing at universities of applied sciences

Universities of applied sciences are placing an increasing emphasis on knowledge sharing, which has taken flight with the emergence of lectorates focused on practice-based research. Disseminating and sharing the practical knowledge developed at universities of applied sciences requires open access to research results.

Dissemination of research results at universities of applied sciences

In order for universities of applied sciences to make their knowledge available, they need a good infrastructure. The Knowledge Infrastructure for Applied Research in Higher Education (in Dutch: HBO Kennisinfrastructuur, HKI) offers 2 infrastructure support services for these institutions: 

  1. HBO Knowledge Base (in Dutch): a portal to knowledge products generated at universities of applied sciences, including publications and theses. The HBO Knowledge Base automatically feeds lectors’ publications through to www.lectoren.nl and NARCIS.
  2. Sharekit (in Dutch): a cloud-based repository service for universities of applied sciences. Sharekit gives institutions automatic access to the HBO Knowledge Base and other publication services. 

Berlin Declaration on Open Access

In 2009, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access, rallying all of the Dutch universities of applied sciences around the objective of making their research output available to everyone, free of charge. According to Doekle Terpstra, who chaired the Association at the time, ‘Research results should be able to flow into education, the professional field and to researchers unhindered in order to contribute to the creation and circulation of knowledge. And that requires Open Access’.