Researching Into Open Access

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

As part of IT Services’ contribution to Open Access Oxford, we have been exploring the perspectives on OA held by different stakeholders, both through interviews with University staff (of which more in a future post) and through a review of the recent literature on OA. In conducting this review we ...

Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

As we enter the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission year our minds will become ever more focused on research, with words like "impact" and "value" dominating discussions. However, underlying it all will be concerns about the outcomes, and the implications this will have on research funding. The 1994 Group has highlighted ...

Come get the data, Carr tells researchers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Human Services Minister Kim Carr is doing the rounds of Australian universities to encourage researchers to dip into the honeypot of data which his department is making available. The material provides huge potential for those working in health, the social sciences and many other areas, and has been welcomed by those ...

How Librarians Can Help Widen Access To Research

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A live chat round-up involving Librarians :- from access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research Chat dialogue at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/2013/jan/29/university-libraries-open-access-publishing author: Claire Shaw source: Guardian Professional (29/1/13)

An Open Data Manifesto

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Denton Declaration Introduction On May 22, 2012 at the University of North Texas, a group of technologists and librarians, scholars and researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders gathered to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management. This declaration bridges the converging interests of these stakeholders ...

British Library leads the way for sharing research data in the UK as five major institutions sign up to DataCite

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Five major research centres have expanded their commitment to make data more accessible through the British Library’s DataCite service, a global initiative which addresses the problem of how to find, access and re-use the results of research. The Archaeology Data Service, the UK Data Archive, the Natural Environment Research Council, ...

Research cut stirs university divisions

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Federal government's $500 million cut in research funds has driven a wedge into the sector, pitting the student access and expansion agenda against the research funding that drives global rankings for elite research universities. Group of Eight chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer has slammed the delay in ...

ARC likely to compel open access publishing

Monday, October 15th, 2012

THE Australian Research Council is gearing up for a mandatory open access policy to bring it into line with the health and medical funding agency, chief executive Aidan Byrne says. "I think we are heading to a regime where both of the major funding institutions in Australia will have an open-access ...

Defence treaty to ‘censor’ research

Friday, October 12th, 2012

UP TO 90 per cent of academic research could be affected by an Australian-US trade agreement that would make it an offence for academics to communicate findings on research, the University of Sydney has warned. A Senate committee is examining proposals to join Australia in a defence trade treaty with the ...

New tools will make sharing research data safer in cyberspace

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Harvard researchers will receive a four-year NSF grant totaling nearly $5 million to study and enhance the privacy of research data. No longer limited to narrow focus groups, painstaking in-person surveys, or artificially controlled studies, researchers today have a far easier time compiling and manipulating large data sets. At the same ...