Open Research Exeter on Twitter and Facebook!

Just a quick note to let you know that our Twitter account is now called “Open Research Exeter” – Follow us here: @OpenResearchExe

Our Facebook page has also been rebranded, so please like us to find out about the latest Open Exeter events, laugh at our photos and more!  www.facebook.com/openresearchexeter

Thanks and keep in touch!

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on May 2, 2013

Open Exeter: Outstanding Project of the Year Finalist!

We are very pleased to announce that the Open Exeter Project (http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/) has been chosen as a finalist for a Professional Services Recognition Award in the Outstanding Project of the Year category at the University of Exeter.  You can see more about the awards here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/staff/benefits/excellence/

We’d like to thank Senior Management for nominating us and for recognising the important work that the project has carried out in the areas of research data management, open access and research support.  The team has worked incredibly hard over the past eighteen months, achieving a huge amount in terms of outputs and kick-starting a slow but steady cultural change in the way research is shared, stored and managed around the University. It’s often been a struggle to get our messages across to the right people so the fact that we have received this nomination is fantastic.

The nomination includes members of the wider team from IT and RKT – a model for successful cross-departmental collaboration has been one of the strengths of the project and something we hope to build on in the future.

Keep your fingers crossed for us on 26th June – at least we get to attend a drinks reception, a three-course dinner and hob-nob with the high and mighty even if we don’t win!

Jill Evans

Open Access & Data Curation Manager & Project Manager, Open Exeter

 

 

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on May 2, 2013

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Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students

The Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for PGR Students has been approved by the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research. The Task and Finish Group who developed the policy felt that from the perspective of the University of Exeter researcher it would be clearer to include both research data management and Open Access to both research data and research papers in the same policy document. Further information will be provided about the procedures around the research data management element of the policy prior to October 2013 when we know in more detail how data upload to the University’s repository will work for PGR students.

The policy will be implemented in two stages:

  1. PGR students who are funded by RCUK should comply with this policy with regards to research papers submitted for publication from 1st April 2013.
  1. All PGR students should comply with this policy from 1st October 2013 with regards to research papers and research data.

The key points of the policy are as follows:

Research Papers

  • PGR students should make the published research papers they produce whilst affiliated with the University (from the date of policy implementation) available on Open Access according to funder requirements and as soon as publisher restrictions will allow.
  • It is anticipated that PGR research papers will be made available on Open Access via the green Open Access route, for example by depositing a copy of the paper in the institutional repository.
  • Published research papers should include a short statement describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed.

Research Data

  • PGR students should always comply with funder policy on research data management.
  • PGR students and their supervisors should discuss and review research data management issues annually. A draft checklist to support PGRs and their supervisors in the annual research data review is available here.
  • At the end of the degree, PGR students should register selected research data with the University’s institutional repository. When legally, commercially and ethically appropriate, this selected research data should be made available in an appropriate repository, for example a discipline-specific repository such as the Archaeology Data Service, or the University’s institutional repository.
  • PGR students will be able to embargo their research data in order to have a period of privileged use of the data that they have created or collected.

The following links provide further help and guidance on Open Access and research data management for PGR students and their supervisors:

Further help and advice is available via the Open Access and Data Curation Team on openaccess@exeter.ac.uk or rdm@exeter.ac.uk.

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on February 18, 2013

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Open Access Week underway!

Day one of our Open Access Week schedule went as planned, kicked off by the Open Access Cafe and competition announcement.  Sessions have so far had really good feedback.  Mark Hahnel and Mark Thorley were our star speakers yesterday – both sessions have been recorded and will be put online asap.

In addition to sessions throughout the day we have a stall in the new Forum area where there are lots of freebies and promotional materials available. Our friendly PGRs are there all day to help with queries.

Have to dash to set up first session but we will be blogging and tweeting news and updates as much as possible this week.

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This post was written by Jill Evans on October 23, 2012

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Open Access Week 22-26 October

 

We are delighted to announce our full programme of events to celebrate International Open Access Week from 22nd to 26th October 2012 which will take place on Streatham, St Luke’s and Tremough campuses. Open Access to research publications and data has the potential to transform the way research is conducted and Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to better understand and become more involved in this international movement.

We have organised an exciting week of activities which include our keynote speakers, Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director at Public Library of Science, who will talk on How I learnt to stop worrying and love the RCUK policy, and Alma Swan, Director of European Advocacy for SPARC, who will present on Open Access and You – A relationship with promise. Other events include a UKDA webinar on Managing Research Data for the Social Sciences, Brian Kelly’s presentation on Open Practices for the Connected Researcher, Mark Hahnel’s talk on the Disruptive Dissemination of Research Outputs, a special Open Access edition of Research Speed Updating and a workshop on Data Protection, Data Storage and Sharing.

Come along to our Open Access Café, where are Open Access Week competition will be announced, and chat to others about Open Access issues over a glass of wine at our Open Access Happy Hour.

The full timetable of events is available here – we do hope you can make it to some of the activities or pop by and see us at our stall on the mezzanine level of the Forum from Monday 22nd October!

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on October 16, 2012

Advocacy and the DAF – new Open Exeter case study

Readers may be interested in a new case study describing how the Open Exeter team promoted our online DAF survey. The survey attracted 284 responses, a very respectable response rate which we feel is a result of the advocacy and promotional work carried out before and during the survey. You can read or download the survey from our repository: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3754

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This post was written by Jill Evans on September 26, 2012

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Draft OA and RDM policies now available

We are pleased to announce that the University of Exeter’s two draft policies on Open Access (OA) and Research Data Management (RDM) are now available on our website.

Our Policy Task and Finish Group decided to create a separate policy document for PGR students in addition to the draft policy for UoE researchers. The aim of both policies is to provide clear high-level information about the University’s expectations on OA and RDM. The documents will be accompanied by guidance on the implementation of the policies at College and research group level.

We welcome any feedback and comments that you may have. Following this period of consultation, the policies will be revised by the relevant boards and we hope that they will be ratified by the end of 2012.

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on July 16, 2012

DARTS3 (take two)

In addition to asking the conference delegates at DARTS3 what training they would feel comfortable conducting (see my blog yesterday) we also asked them what training is currently offered at their institution. The results are below:

 

Please tick all that apply

In which of the following does your institution/workplace provide training?

For researchers

For Librarians/support staff

How to Develop a Data Management Plan

3

0

Organising Research Material

7

0

File and Document Management

7

3

Legal and Ethical Issues

19

4

Bibliographic Software

30

23

Institutional Repositories and Open Access

24

20

The results are quite clear and show why the delegates felt most confident teaching on Bibliographic Software and Institutional Repositories and Open Access; they already taught these topics. Obvious from this table is the fact that even those few institutions that do conduct training on research data management (RDM) issues for researchers do not provide a similar service for support staff. It should be said here that a number of the delegates were not sure whether training was provided or not. If training is in fact provided but the delegates are unaware of it shows that all of us involved in RDM projects must not only create the necessary training modules/materials but also advertise them as widely as possible to both researchers and support staff. Our interviews at Exeter have also made it clear that we must also highlight why the training is necessary and make it relevant. If not, then researchers (and support staff) will not take the time out of their schedules to attend.

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This post was written by Gareth Cole on July 12, 2012

Open Exeter and Marine Renewable Energy Group Policy Case Study

The Open Exeter project will be working together with marine renewable energy researchers to develop a research group-level policy on research data management.

Marine Renewable Energy research on the Tremough campus is led by Dr Lars Johanning and involves approximately 20 staff, including collaborators in biosciences and the ESI. Current research interests include hydrodynamics and marine operations, resource assessment, marine policy, offshore reliability and environmental impacts of offshore renewable energy.

The Group has decided to develop a group-level research data management policy to ensure that the data it uses are secure, will be reusable in the future and can be shared easily amongst collaborators. This work is supported through the Bridging the Gaps initiative.

The Open Exeter team has set up a Task and Finish Group which is currently working on the draft version of an institutional-level research data management and Open Access policy. The Task and Finish group will make recommendations on how this high-level policy can be tailored for more specific disciplines and research groups and as well as how the policy can be implemented on a procedural-level.

The outputs of the collaboration between Open Exeter and the Marine Renewable Energy Group will include a written case study which will document the process of developing a research group-level policy on research data management.

Members of the Group will be writing about the process of policy-creation on the Open Exeter blog so check back regularly for more information about the case study.

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on June 6, 2012

Congratulations Elif, our Kindle winner!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our online research data management survey and announce that Elif Gozler, a PhD student in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, was the lucky winner of the Kindle in our prize draw.

Elif was randomly picked from the nearly 300 participants in our research data management survey and was presented the prize today by Afzal Hasan, Subject Librarian for the IAIS and Politics, and Open Exeter’s Holistic Librarian. Elif also enjoyed a cream team with the Open Exeter team.

Congratulations Elif!

Elif

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on May 24, 2012