Aug 042011

After a lovely lunch we are now onto the next round of Round Tables. Those taking place today are:

  • Open Scholarship Principles – Jo Walsh & Mark McGillivray (Open Knowledge Foundation)
  • Mapping the Repository Landscape – Theo Andrew, Peter Burnhill, Sheila Fraser (EDINA)
  • How Repositories are being used for REF & repository advocacy – Helen Muir (QMUC)

I am sitting in on the Mapping the Repository Landscape session at the moment so will record some notes from the session here [to follow].

Brief reports from round tables – facilitator Ianthe Hind
Neil Stewart, City University: How Repositories are being used for REF & repository advocacy
Recognition that institutional repository could be seen to be only for the REF nudging out everything else, you need to keep Open Access in your advocacy agenda. You also need to avoid REF spikes. Perpetual problem of academic engagement – following up to calls, keeping them informed. Keeping allies in the research office is also important but can be tricky when under pressure for the ref. We did talk about citations, Web of Science etc. and the difficulty of scanning coverage in non hard sciencey areas. REF great for backfilling repository and making it as complete as possible. And the problem of multiple author affiliations and identies, changes in the names of research groups etc. was discussed. The REF is a massive opportunity for repositories and libraries and it is a real chance to put the repository at the heart of the institution. Repositories should be for Open Access not neccassarily Current Research Information Systems – don’t lose sight of Open Access!

Peter Burnhill- Mapping the Repository Landscape
We worked around this graphic. Looking at funders, authors and PIs, final copies for deposit and print and the REF of course. We looked about ways in which grant information could be transmitted with materials, what the role of PIs are, how PIs and authors fit into multiple institutions and challenges to tracking work there. If you focus too much on funded reseaerch activity we might miss out on all that unfunded research that goes on in institutions and is important for Open Access. And we looked at how we deal with traditional literature and where it fits in wider scholarly comms landscape – you can’t include everything but only looking at the publications risks

Open Scholarship Principles – Mark McGillivray
The group reported online here:
1.    We looked at open scholarship and five areas to aspire towards:
2.    open scholarship is a move beyond open access
3.    it is a commitment to produce scholarly output with the intention of sharing it with the world
4.    open scholarship enables the ideal of scholarship by using currently available tools to the full, for that ideal
5.    when scholarship is open, the creative works of the world will be made freely available to everyone as widely as possible
6.    open scholarship – scholarship for the world

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