The University of Coimbra (UC) is part of the international project TRIPLE (Targeting Researchers through Innovative Practices and multiLingual Exploration) which has just been approved by the European Commission to receive funding of 5.6 million euros, under the Community Framework Program Horizon 2020. Promoted within the scope of the OPERAS consortium, the project involves 18 institutions from 12 countries and starts in October 2019, lasting three and a half years.
For the Rector of UC, Amílcar Falcão, it is "a huge achievement for the University of Coimbra and, equally, for Portugal". TRIPLE is "a project that definitely places us at the forefront of the struggle for the liberation of scientific knowledge and for free access by society to the academic results of our universities", highlights the official. Amílcar Falcão has no doubt that "having a free science with free access to all is our aim" and defends that knowledge should not be imprisoned.
The Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, praises “the fact that the University of Coimbra takes on this project of valorization and dignification of knowledge is very relevant at international level”. “A project like this, especially at European level, is particularly important", he adds.
TRIPLE aims at the development and implementation of a unique, multidisciplinary and multilingual digital platform, for sharing results from scientific publications, with particular emphasis on the Humanities and Social Sciences area. Through the platform - pioneering and unprecedented at European level - it will be possible for citizens and companies to contact directly with researchers and the respective discoveries (facilitating the interaction and the offer / demand for funding for scientific research).
F. Fernandes, Milene Santos e Rui Marques Simões