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Open Access and Research Data management: Horizon 2020 and Beyond in Ireland

In April of this year University College Cork (UCC) hosted a 2-day training event focusing on Open Access Data in Horizon 2020. The event was sponsored by FOSTER and organized jointly by UCC Boole Library and Repository Network Ireland.

Day one was aimed at researchers and others who were interested in developing Horizon 2020 proposals.

The two day event was a great success, introducing some people to the concept of Open Access and Open Data while also providing plenty of food for thought for those of us involved in the support of researchers and management of services and infrastructure.

All presentations can be found on the FOSTER website on the event page.

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Data Management Plan Resources

Oregon State University (OSU) LibGuide, provide guidance and support for all aspects of the data lifecycle, from planning your data management strategy during the proposal phase till the conclusion of your project, this service is free of charge and they will even partner with you to help you with the proposals and projects. Read more …

Libraries and Digital Humanities

Librarians will be familiar with some of the challenges facing digital humanities researchers. The metadata within the datasets is often incomplete and inconsistent. Rough OCR and non-standard spelling make analyzing datasets difficult. And, humanists are not traditionally trained in computer programming so they have a lot to learn when undertaking a digital project.

Libraries are taking on the challenge of digital humanities along with scholars. Librarians are filling new roles as data librarians. Libraries are offering a variety of services including storage and preservation of data, tools for creating digital projects, and expertise in analytical research methods. As digital humanities continues to emerge we are sure to see libraries developing more innovative services for students and researchers. This active engagement ensures librarians will have an important role in supporting digital humanities.

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Guidelines for developing Institutional Repository

THIS WAS BLOG BY Shamprasad Pujar, Mumbai, India. Commonwealth Professional Fellow-2008 at University of Sussex, UK.

I think, it is still a challenge for many Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals to understand the nuances of digital library or institutional repository (IR) development using open source software like DSpace. They can now have a sigh of relief as Stellenbosch University library has made available ‘IR-Guide‘ , which provides step-by-step practical guidelines in developing an IR targeting academic institutes situated in developing countries. This useful document has been written by Mr Hilton Gibson, System Administrator at Stellenbosch University Library Services, Stellenbosch, South Africa. I am sure this guide will be of much use to LIS professionals.

The full text of the guide is available at: http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/79321

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ARL sends letter to Elsevier

Association of Research Libraries recently send off a letter to Elsevier, stating their concerns regarding their article sharing policy.

“This restrictive license impedes collaboration among researchers and scholars.”

“The updated Elsevier article sharing policy imposes excessive restrictions on authors and institutions, employs embargo periods that are
counter to the requirements established by the federal government, and, more fundamentally, impedes the sharing of information by scholars that is so fundamental to the research process.”   ARL PDF

How to negotiate with publishers: an example of immediate self-archiving despite publisher’s embargo policy

Here is a personal case study from Dr Pandelis Perakakis on how he managed to negotiate  and change a 12 month embargo on his published paper into a 6 month embargo with his post-reviewed author’s copy, with the publishers Springer.

“In this post I share a recent experience as an example of how to negotiate with a publisher your right to make your research freely available without having to pay any money. Hope it proves useful to more researchers in a similar position. I also offer my personal opinion on how researchers can change the current inefficient and unethical system of scholarly communication by gradually developing an alternative model that will foster collaboration instead of competition.”  Read more…


Updated on 01 Oct 2015.

In a personal communication from Dr Perakakis his negotiation ended in a no-embargo agreement and not a 6 month embargo agreement.


The presence of High-impact factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) disciplines

The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open access journals are available as an outlet for publication, by examining their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters.

The impact factor of Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16 categories (9%). Read more…

Videos and slides from OCLC Research Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop in San Francisco now available

Outputs from the Evolving Scholarly Record and the Evolving Stewardship Ecosystem San Francisco workshop are now available. View the agenda on the event page for links to videos, slides and photos from the workshop, and also view the video playlist on YouTube.

This was the fourth and final workshop in the series of four Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. Built on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record, these workshops explored the boundaries of the scholarly record and the curation roles of various stakeholders. Open access policies, funder requirements, and new venues for scholarly communication are blurring the roles of the various stakeholders, including commercial publishers, governmental entities, and universities. The impact of changes in digital scholarship requires a collective effort to insure the integrity of the scholarly record

Workshop participants explored the responsibilities of research libraries, data archives, and other stewards of research output—and identified new alliances that should be forged to create a reliable ecosystem for preserving the scholarly record and making it accessible.  Read more…

Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer

Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common questions are (1) what are the legal rights in data; (2) who has these rights; and (3) how does one with these rights use them to share data in a way that permits or encourages productive downstream uses? Leaving to the side privacy and national security laws that regulate sharing certain types of data, this Perspective explains how to work through the general intellectual property and contractual issues for all research data.

For the researcher seeking to use another’s data, this Perspective offers some good news and some not as good news. The good news is that if a source of data—the researcher or repository—gives permission to reuse the data and one’s intended use fits within the scope of the permission, one need not be overly concerned with the details of the discussion that follows because the permission provides the legal basis for data reuse. Read more…

NISO Publishes Primer on Research Data Management, First in a New Series of Primer Publications

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management.

The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data. The importance of creating a data management plan (DMP) before beginning a research data project is emphasized. Read More…

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