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How can we create user-led solutions for better research?

How can we create user-led solutions for better research? | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Researchers might not start off thinking about managing their data. They have plenty of other considerations; time management, funding, and publishing deadlines can all take priority over data management.
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Moving open access into action

Moving open access into action | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

oFor this year’s International Open Access (OA) Week, the focus is firmly on the practical. Its theme – ‘open in action’ – should encourage everyone with a stake in the open research agenda to take solid steps towards making research more openly available.

As the emphasis shifts from discussion to action it’s worth taking a quick look back to recognise how far the research community has already come along the OA road. Within universities, funding bodies, and research councils the concept of openness is well embedded and we’ve all got a much clearer idea of what works when it comes to putting this into practice.

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Our role in open access | Jisc

Our role in open access | Jisc | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Working towards global open access, in partnership with information professionals and researchers, we enable the UK's academic research community to realise the rewards of open access.
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The Getty | Open Content Program

The Getty | Open Content Program | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

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European Commission | Research & innovation

European Commission | Research & innovation | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Europe must keep a pace with our global competitors in ICT research and digital innovation.
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What you need to know about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy | Jisc

What you need to know about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy | Jisc | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
The UK education funding councils’ post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy came into effect in April. Mafalda Marques, project officer (PASTEUR4OA) for Jisc, talks through the key requirements and the support available to institutions to help them comply. Read the original blog.
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A consideration of copyright for a national repository of humanities and social science data | Grant | Library and Information Research

In 2011 the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) began work on the development of an interactive national Trusted Digital Repository for contemporary and historical social and cultural data. Copyright and intellectual property rights were identified as essential areas which the DRI, as a content holder and data publisher, needed to investigate in order to develop workflows, policy and the Repository infrastructure. We established a Copyright and IP Task Force (CIPT) in January 2013 to capture and identify IP challenges from our stakeholder community and the DRI‟s demonstrator collections. This report outlines the legislative context in which the CIPT worked, and how the CIPT addressed copyright challenges through the development of policies and a robust framework of legal documentation for the Repository. We also provide a case study on Orphan Works, detailing the process undertaken by the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection, one of DRI‟s demonstrator projects, in preparing their content for online publication in the Repository.

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Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access

Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Academic consortia urge faster changes in scholarly publishing.
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RDA | Research Data Sharing without barriers

RDA | Research Data Sharing without barriers | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.
The RDA vision is researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society.

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Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access

Dutch lead European push to flip journals to open access | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Academic consortia urge faster changes in scholarly publishing.
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Combined open access and subscription agreement between Wiley and Dutch universities

Combined open access and subscription agreement between Wiley and Dutch universities | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced an agreement of unlimited open access publication of Dutch academic articles combined with expanded subscription access to high-quality research.

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Peer Review Quality and Transparency of the Peer-Review Process in Open Access and Subscription Journals

Peer Review Quality and Transparency of the Peer-Review Process in Open Access and Subscription Journals | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

Recent controversies highlighting substandard peer review in Open Access (OA) and traditional (subscription) journals have increased the need for authors, funders, publishers, and institutions to assure quality of peer-review in academic journals. I propose that transparency of the peer-review process may be seen as an indicator of the quality of peer-review, and develop and validate a tool enabling different stakeholders to assess transparency of the peer-review process.

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Research data management - and other related topics...

Research data management - and other related topics... | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Increasingly the importance of managing and re-using research data is recognised as something essential to the integrity of research and its validation as well as the potential to support re-use and support new discoveries.
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Sharing data makes the most of research, but how do we keep it safe?

Sharing data makes the most of research, but how do we keep it safe? | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
The quantity of biomedical and population data from clinical studies, work on genomics, health records and administrative functions is ever increasing. Making this data available to researchers can lead to new scientific discoveries on a scope and scale not previously possible. 
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Using Metadata Actively | Bird | International Journal of Digital Curation

Almost all researchers collect and preserve metadata, although doing so is often seen as a burden. However, when that metadata can be, and is, used actively during an investigation or creative process, the benefits become apparent instantly. Active use can arise in various ways, several of which are being investigated by the Collaboration for Research Enhancement by Active use of Metadata (CREAM) project, which was funded by Jisc as part of their Research Data Spring initiative. The CREAM project is exploring the concept through understanding the active use of metadata by the partners in the collaboration. This paper explains what it means to use metadata actively and describes how the CREAM project characterises active use by developing use cases that involve documenting the key decision points during a process. Well-documented processes are accordingly more transparent, reproducible, and reusable.
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Books, books, and more books: how can libraries make confident, data-driven decisions?

Books, books, and more books: how can libraries make confident, data-driven decisions? | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
We know that libraries want to make data-driven decisions about the management of their collections but the data currently available to them simply doesn’t allow them to do so with confidence. 
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Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing

Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

‘Public access to publicly funded research’ has been one of the rallying calls of the global open access movement. Governments and public institutions around the world have mandated that publications supported by public funding sources should be publicly accessible. Publishers are experimenting with new models to widen access. Yet financial flows underpinning scholarly publishing remain complex and opaque. In this article we present work to trace and reassemble a picture of financial flows around the publication of journals in the UK in the midst of a national shift towards open access. We contend that the current lack of financial transparency around scholarly communication is an obstacle to evidence-based policy-making – leaving researchers, decision-makers and institutions in the dark about the ­systemic implications of new financial models. We conclude that ­obtaining a more joined up picture of financial flows is vital as a means for researchers, ­institutions and others to understand and shape changes to the ­sociotechnical systems that underpin scholarly communication.

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PASTEUR4OA

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PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) aims to support the European Commission’s Recommendation to Member States of July 2012 that they develop and implement policies to ensure Open Access to all outputs from publicly-funded research.

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All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 | Europe makes a definitive choice for open access by 2020

All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 | Europe makes a definitive choice for open access by 2020 | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders. And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.
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Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries

Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
Final Report and Recommendations to the Scholarly Communication Steering Committee, the Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries Steering Committee, and the Research, Teaching, and Learning Steering Committee.
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Open Library of Humanities

Open Library of Humanities | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

"The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future."

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Academic journal markets, their limitations, and the consequences for a transition to open access: a thought piece | Jisc

Academic journal markets, their limitations, and the consequences for a transition to open access: a thought piece | Jisc | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
A discussion piece around the features of academic journal markets that might promote or inhibit cost-effective progress toward the UK government’s aim of open access (OA).
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"This thought piece is released jointly by Jisc, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), SCONUL and the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).  It does not necessarily reflect the considered views of those organisations but, instead, it is intended to stimulate discussion about the features of academic journal markets that might promote or inhibit cost-effective progress toward the UK government’s aim of open access (OA)."

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How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers | Jisc

How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers | Jisc | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it
An introduction to engaging with research data management processes.
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Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach agreement in principle on Open Access and subscription

Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach agreement in principle on Open Access and subscription | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

The Hague/Amsterdam, 10 December 2015 – The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and scientific information provider Elsevier have reached an agreement in principle that marks a milestone in the Netherlands’ transition to Open Access scholarly publishing and provides Dutch researchers with continued subscription access to high-quality research.

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UK research information management and discovery gets boost as RCUK joins national ORCID consortium | Jisc

UK research information management and discovery gets boost as RCUK joins national ORCID consortium | Jisc | Supporting research for academic librarians | Scoop.it

Research Councils UK (RCUK) announces it has joined the national consortium for ORCID – the researcher identifier solution that enables a wide range of improvements to the scholarly communications ecosystem – and will be ready to start capturing ORCID identifiers in early 2016.

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