Open Access Webinars October 22-26

Happy Open Access week.
To support Open Access OpenAIRE and FOSTER have organised a full week of webinars and tutorials (October 22-26) you are welcome to attend.
The schedule is divided into tracks:
Track 1: Open Access, Open Data, Open Science: what you need to know and what are the policies in Horizon 2020?
Track 2: Everything you need to know about FAIR data, data repositories, text and data mining and research data management.
Track 3: Legal and ethical considerations for sharing research data
Track 4: Open Science Policies: what you need to know, how to advise on good policy making, and information/trends on policies in Europe
Track 5: OpenAIRE and FOSTER project: services and activities
You will also have the chance to ask your questions to the experts – to do so, however, you will need to register to receive the link for submitting your questions).
The full schedule of tutorials and webinars is available at
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Report – Irish National Workshop on Open Science.

On the 26th of November the Irish National Workshop on Open Science was organized by Trinity College Dublin and Repository Network Ireland. The event was titled ‘A Policy into Practice workshop on embedding standardised Open Science skills for your researchers’.

The Morning sesssion had three speakers. First up was Dr Conor O’Carroll chair of the European Commission’s working groups on ‘Rewards for Open Science’ and ‘Skills for Open Science’ Conor talk, ‘Rewards and Professional Development for Open Science and Open Education: Reflections and Recommendations of the SGHRM’, Looked at current European Open Science policy framework and he gave 6 recommendations for successsful implemntation of Open Science Practices

  1. Open Science Policy- Clear policies at a National and Institutional Level
  2. Guidelines to Implement Open Science
  3. Raising Awareness of Open Science
  4. Training Researchers for Open Science
  5. Providing Support for Open Science
  6. Career Development for Open Science

Conor was followed by Dr. Gemma Irvine. Gemma is the Higher Education Authority’s Head of Policy and Strategic Planning and she is also co-chair of the National Open Research Forum (NORF). Gemma’s talk focused on  Irish National Policy On Open Science and discussed how Ireland’s current policies aligned to European ones and the plans to ensure greater alignment between them.

The final Speaker was Ashling Hayes, Trinity College Dublin and OpenAIRE. Ashling spoke about the support OpenAIRE provides to Researchers and Research Support staff.

The afternoon session was a workshop format which saw delegates discuss Open Research skills provision – from the ground up.
Topics covered were
a) Doctoral and early career researcher training
b) Established researcher training
c) Information professionals/knowledge workers: skills provision
d) Institutional & national coordination & accreditation

At the round-table discussion the attendees agreed that communication and co-ordination was key. It was also noted that we need to start targeting researchers at an earlier stage. Ideally while still at undergraduate level.



Open Access Week – Free Workshop in Trinity Long Room Hub

For Open Access Week 2017, Repository Network Ireland jointly with OpenAIRE will hosta workshop on, ‘Policy into Practice workshop on embedding standardised Open Science skills for your researchers’. Date: Thursday, October 26th 10:30-16:30, Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub. Lunch & refreshments sponsored by OpenAIRE.

Delegates are encouraged to prepare and bring with them a 1 minute description of the Open Research skills provision currently provided by their institution. This will form the basis of the afternoon workshop which will be structured around key topics in Open Science skills provision. The outcomes of the event will be collated in the form of an open access report and will feed back into national policy.


10:30 Registration & coffee
11:00 Welcome & Opening remarks
11:30 European Commission Policy: Skills and Rewards for Open Science – Dr Conor O’Carroll chair of the European Commission’s working groups on ‘Rewards for Open Science’ and ‘Skills for Open Science’

12:00 Irish National Policy On Open Science) -Gemma Irvine HEA’s Head of Policy and Strategic Planning and co-chair of the National Open Research Forum (NORF)

12:30 Support from OpenAIRE and FOSTER – Ashling Hayes, Trinity College Dublin and OpenAIRE

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 Feedback from the morning session & workshop prep/organisation
14:30 Workshop on Open Research skills provision – from the ground up.
Groups to circulate amongst the suggested topics (15 mins each); Topic leaders tbc:
a) doctoral and early career researcher training
b) established researcher training
c) information professionals/knowledge workers: skills provision
d) institutional & national coordination & accreditation
15:30 Feedback from each topic (10mins each), discussion and conclusions.
16:30 End.

Registration is available here

OpenAIRE webinar: Open Access in Horizon 2020 (19 October 2015)

All projects receiving Horizon 2020 funding will have the obligation to make sure any peer-reviewed journal article that they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.

Ensuring Open Access to publications may come with many question: what to deposit and where, how to ensure access, what are the implications of Open Access and how can it help my research?

OpenAIRE aims to facilitate the road to Open Access and to provide information and tools on compliance with the Horizon 2020 Open Access policy. To inform you about the Horizon 2020 Open Access policy novelties and how to comply with it, we will host a webinar on Monday the 19th of October, 12.00 CET.

Join us for an overview of what Open Access entails, how to comply with the European Commission’s Open Access policy and what support OpenAIRE can provide.

The webinar, presented by Inge Van Nieuwerburgh from the University of Ghent, will address the following topics:

*   Open revisited & Open Access
*   OA policy development in H2020
*   Open Access in Horizon 2020
*   What does OpenAIRE offer?
*   How can OpenAIRE help?

There will be time to ask question about Open Access, the Open Access to publications mandate in Horizon 2020<; and how to comply.

Date: 19 October 2015

Time: 11:00 BST

How to register: please register here: google.form<;

How to participate: go to and enter the password: 1910

All you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room). To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to:;;

For more information send an email to

New features on the Research Support System

Some new features will go live on the TCD Research Support System (RSS) in the next couple of days.

Firstly The Research Support System colour scheme has been changed to light blue to bring them in line with TARA and the research website.

We have also updated the CV section of the Research Support System (RSS). We have added a navigation bar to improve access to each CV section.

Let us know if you have any comments

We’re back!

After a long hiatus we have decided to revive our Open Access blog. We have migrated all the posts and comments from the old blog on blogger to WordPress and in the near future will retire the old blog completely.

In the mean time stay tuned as we have quite a bit of news to catch up on!

Paving the way to an open scientific information space: OpenAIREplus – linking peer-reviewed literature to associated data

OpenAIREplus (2nd Generation of Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) was launched in Pisa in early December. The 30 month project, funded by the EC 7th Framework Programme, will work in tandem with OpenAIRE, extending the mission further to facilitate access to the entire Open Access scientific production of the European Research Area, providing cross-links from publications to data and funding schemes.  This large-scale project brings together 41 pan-European partners, including three cross-disciplinary research communities.
The project will capitalise on the successful efforts of the OpenAIRE project which is rapidly moving from implementing the EU Open Access Pilot project into a service phase, enabling researchers to deposit their FP7 and ERA funded research publications into Open Access repositories. The current publication repository networks will be expanded to attract data providers from domain specific scientific areas. “The participatory design of OpenAIREplus will seamlessly guide the researcher to Open Access research data. The experienced consortium will pave the way to support the research work of European scientists and open up the road to multi-disciplinary science” says Dr. Norbert Lossau, Scientific Coordinator of OpenAIREplus and Director of Göttingen State and University Library, Germany.
Creating a robust, participatory service for the cross-linking of peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated datasets is the principal goal of OpenAIREplus.  As scholarly communication touches upon many disciplines, the project’s horizontal outreach will facilitate collaboration across data infrastructures, providing information to scientists, non-scientists as well as to providers of value-added services. The project will establish an e-Infrastructure to harvest, enrich and store the metadata of Open Access scientific datasets. Innovative underlying technical structures will be deployed to support the management of and inter-linking between associated scientific data.
Access to and deposit of linked publications via the OpenAIRE portal will be supported by a Help Desk, and OpenAIRE’s collaborative networking structure will be extended to promote the concept of open enhanced publications among user communities. Liaison offices in each of the project’s 31 European countries work to support the needs of researchers in Europe. The project will also actively leverage its international connections to contribute to common standards, data issues and interoperability on a global level.

‘Shanghai Ranking’ 2010: overview of methodology; Irish universities’ scores

Due to the high volume of traffic following the release of the 2010 list, the website of the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010 (Shanghai Ranking) is difficult to access at times. Data relating to the Irish universities featuring in this ranking and an overview of its methodology is provided here to provide easy access to those interested in these results. A few comments on the methodology and data sources are included…

See also:
Michaela Saisana / European Commission JRC Report (2008): Higher Education Rankings: Robustness Issues and Critical Assessment

Sample news stories:

Shanghai rankings rattle European universities

GLOBAL: US lead slips in world’s top 100 universities

Our universities fail to make the world’s top 200


Date of release 8 June, 2010
We are pleased to announce the launch of RIAN, Ireland’s new national portal for Open Access to Irish published research.
RIAN is the outcome of a project to build online open access to institutional repositories in all seven Irish universities and to harvest their content to the national portal.  RIAN will significantly increase the visibility and impact of Irish research.
RIAN will act as a single point of access to national research output, and will initially contain content harvested from individual university institutional repositories and that of the Dublin Institute of Technology. The Portal will expand to harvest content from other Irish Open Access providers as the service develops.
The Irish Government has identified growth in research as critical to its future as a knowledge economy. Raising the research profile is a key strategy in the Universities strategic plans, and the ability to showcase research output and identify institutional research strengths is extremely important in attracting new investment and high quality staff.
A national network of institutional repositories will increase the exposure of national research output, and allows services, such as enhanced searching, and statistics generation, to be developed using economies of scale. RIAN will demonstrate the impact of research to potential funders, who recognise the value of wider research dissemination.
The project was managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians’ Group and is supported by the Association. The project, running from April 2007 to May 2010, was equally funded by the Universities and the Irish Government’s Strategic Innovation Fund which is administered by the Higher Education Authority.
Benefits of RIAN to Irish authors:
    * Broadens worldwide access to material
    * Increases citations for research material
    * Makes easier access to material via search engines such as Google,    Google Scholar and Yahoo
    * Raises profile of Irish researchers internationally
Benefits to Irish institutions include:
    * Provides a showcase of the institution’s research output
    * Raises the profile of the institution’s research internationally through broader access and citations
    * Increases potential for collaboration and synthesis between Irish and international researchers
Support from Irish universities:

“The development of an institutional repository to demonstrate our research activity and achievement is a central element of Trinity’s research support infrastructure. TARA  will also play a vital role in communicating the strength of Irish research to a global audience, in attracting the highest quality of research to Ireland and in enabling valuable links with industrial partners.”

Dr. John Hegarty, Provost, Trinity College Dublin.

“UCD welcomes the development of global access to Irish university research outputs which will contribute to the social, economic and cultural objectives of a knowledge society.”

Dr. Hugh Brady, President UCD

“It is in the national interest to extend access to Irish research output at institutional and sectoral level so as to maximise the long-term strategic impact and thereby help develop a knowledge society.”

Professor Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, President, DCU

“The National Research Portal will increase the international profile of individual researchers and of Irish Universities and will thereby enhance the national research endeavour”.

Professor Don Barry, President, University of Limerick.

“This initiative will provide a world-wide gateway to that research and build on our own institutional repository for publications.”

Professor John Hughes, President, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

University College Cork’s institutional repository has the potential to transform the dissemination of our scholarly output and will be the point of access for these resources for future generations.”

Dr. Michael Murphy, President, University College Cork.

 “The project provides an international window on Irish Research output and NUI Galway is delighted to be part of this.”

Dr James J. Browne, Uachtarán – President, National University of Ireland, Galway

Trinity College Dublin to act as liaison for Ireland on pan-European Open Access project

TCD is the Irish liaison institution for a three year project to make research outputs generated under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, Open Access via the national institutional repository infrastructure. The project involves 38 partners from 27 European countries including stakeholders from academic publishing, SPARC Europe and LIBER

OpenAIRE will support the Open Access pilot established by the European Commission under FP7 requiring researchers in 7 thematic areas (Health, Energy, Environment, Information & Communication Technology, Research Infrastructures, Socio-economic sciences & Humanities and Science in Society) to deposit their research publications in an institutional or disciplinary Open Access repository.