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<https://www.openaire.eu/h2020openaccess/&gt; and how to comply.

Date: 19 October 2015

Time: 11:00 BST

How to register: please register here: google.form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JvZ-Nw2QMrHDKDzva06BuBsyGZKG5Bx0vCujP9Lzr4Q/viewform?usp=send_form&gt;

How to participate: go to http://webmeeting.ugent.be/nl/meeting/161 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: http://www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest&lt;http://www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest&gt;

For more information send an email to info@openaccess.be

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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

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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.
Website: www.openaire.eu

‘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

IRELAND LAUNCHES NATIONAL PORTAL FOR OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH

IRELAND LAUNCHES NATIONAL PORTAL FOR OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH
RIAN – OPEN ACCESS TO IRISH PUBLISHED RESEARCH
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.