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

A new hand on deck

This week saw the beginning of a new era for the good ship Open Exeter as James Beeson joined the team. He comes into the role of Project Administrator in place of Tutti, who was last seen rowing for shore. He comes from a project background and hopes are high that he will be able to apply his charisma, knowledge and professional experience in full measure. James will be with the team on Mondays and Thursdays. He currently spends Tuesday and Wednesday working in Student Funding.

Outside of this working life he enjoys baseball, beer and writing about himself in the third person.

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This post was written by James Nathanael Beeson on August 9, 2012

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

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!


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

Discuss Debate Disseminate

The Open Exeter project is pleased to invite all UoE researchers to Discuss Debate Disseminate: A discussion of the issues around the management of your research materials and data and an opportunity to network with other researchers. PhD students and early career researchers from all disciplines welcome.

The event will take place on 22nd June 09:00 – 12:30 in the Upper Lounge of Reed Hall on the Streatham campus.


09:00 – 09:15: Arrival coffee/tea

09:15 – 09:30: Welcome

09:30 – 10:30: Session 1: Delete, Keep or Share?: Each researcher brings one example of research material or data (this could be, for example, in electronic or paper format).  In groups you will describe your research material or data briefly before discussing whether you would delete it, keep it, or share it, and why.

10:30-10:45: Coffee/tea break

10:45-11:30: Session 2: “Speed data dating”: Meet and get to know other researchers and the issues that they face with their research materials. Are there any common problems or solutions?

11:30-12:15: Session 3: PhD student panel session: Open Exeter PhD student answer your research materials management questions.

12:15-12:30: Feedback and Close

Please register for the event via email to 

For event details see:

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on May 15, 2012


Good news for Open Exeter – we heard that our paper on archiving PGR data has been accepted for OR2012 in Edinburgh. We are all planning on attending so hope to catch up with other MRD02 projects in July.

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This post was written by Jill Evans on April 30, 2012

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Follow us on Twitter!

We’ve just joined Twitter – you can find us @OpenExeterRDM so follow us for tweets about Open Access and RDM!

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on January 26, 2012

We’re now a complete team!

Open Exeter is now fully staffed having just recruited a new Advocacy and Governance Officer, Hannah Lloyd-Jones, and seconded a Technical Developer, Ian Wellaway, who currently works in the Learning and Teaching Systems Team at Exeter IT:

Ian has already gained significant DSpace skills through the work he’s done on our research outputs repository, ERIC, so will be able to hit the ground running. We’re all delighted to have Ian on the team – as well as being one of the University’s DSpace experts he’s also a really nice guy and able to explain complicated technical issues clearly to non-techies like me. In a project which is all about engaging with people at all levels across the University, having a great communicator like Ian on board is a real asset.

Hannah has just returned to the UK after several years spent working in Chile as an Assistant Director of Research and Graduate Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. This was a new scheme that Hannah set up and established, a daunting task in any environment but particularly so in a different culture and language. She brings all that valuable experience of influencing, negotiating and advocating to the project – we were really lucky to find her.

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This post was written by Jill Evans on January 12, 2012

Project Poster

Here is our Poster we presented at the JISCMRD Programme Meeting at Nottingham. Apologies for taking so long to get it up!

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This post was written by Gareth Cole on January 3, 2012