New Open Research Exeter blog!

Although, sadly, the Open Exeter project has come to an end, our work will still continue! And we will be letting you know what we are doing via our new Open Research Exeter blog!

The Open Access and Data Curation Team will carry on supporting researchers and postgraduate research students at the University of Exeter with Open Access (OA) and research data management (RDM).

We manage the institutional data repository, Open Research Exeter (ORE), to make University of Exeter research more visible, reusable and citable. ORE provides long-term storage for all types of research data, research data and PGR theses.

We also deliver training and guidance for researchers on OA and RDM and the Team can help you to develop your own research group level policy on these issues or advise on data management plans.

We will be blogging on topics to do with Open Access, research data management, repositories, open research, big data, transparency, altmetrics, how to make your research more visible and anything else we think may be of interest to Exeter’s research community!

So this will (probably!) be our last post on the Open Exeter blog. We hope to hear from you soon on our new blog or via  or . And remember if you have any OA or RDM queries, please visit our Open Access or RDM webpages or contact us directly on the above emails!

Posted under News, Open Access, ORE, PGR students, Research, Useful links

This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on August 14, 2013

First Open Access Newsletter!

Our first Open Access newsletter is out! It includes news about the extension of the Wellcome Trust’s Open Access policy,  how to upload research papers to ORE plus much much more!

Have a peep here!

We hope you like it! Any feedback is more than welcome via .

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on June 24, 2013

Open Exeter Research Data Management: Find us on Storify.

  You can now view a timeline of the Open Exeter project on Storify.  Storify provided us with a useful way to illustrate the progression of the project and to chronicle the work which has been undertaken since the beginning, especially as it facilitates the inclusion of social media such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, among others. You can find information about our workshops and conference posters, tweets from our followers, videos of our Holistic Librarian training, as well as links to our PGR training, promotional materials and conference presentations.

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This post was written by Megan Hunt on June 3, 2013

Open Research Exeter @ The Forum

The morning of Friday 22nd March saw the University of Exeter’s newly rebranded repository Open Research Exeter (ORE) take over part of The Forum street and launch headlong into the world amid a flurry of promotional posters, postcards and even some slightly peculiarly coloured fairy cakes. Demos were given and chocolates were brandished at unsuspecting passing students and staff in conjunction with the promotion of other services for researchers at Exeter. The event went very well, with a good degree of passing custom and it felt great to be out there getting the message across about the newly merged repository and the benefits of Open Access to research papers, PGR theses and research data.

Later in that day we decamped, balloons aloft, across the campus and through the howling wind and rain to Reed Hall where a celebratory lunch was held for stakeholders and those from around the University who had supported the project since it began in October 2011. Michael Wykes, RKT’s Policy, Impact, and Performance Manager, toasted the successful conclusion of the Open Exeter Project before we tucked in to an abundant spread of delicious goodies. We would like to thank everyone for coming along to support us and we hope to continue to work closely with researchers and others from around the University to ensure that our project outputs are sustainable in the long-term.

If you have any questions about ORE, please contact or .

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This post was written by Megan Hunt on April 2, 2013

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Open Research Exeter Launch!

This week is a very busy one for us! Our Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for researchers goes before Senate on Thursday and on Friday we are celebrating the achievements of the Open Exeter project and launching our newly rebranded repository Open Exeter Research (ORE) for research papers, research data and theses.

You may remember the competition to rename the institutional repository which was part of our Open Access Week 2012 (see poster). We received a total of 57 entries from staff and students from all areas of the University and eventually decided on Open Research Exeter (or ORE). Our competition winner, Katie Kelsey, is a Temporary Research Fellow who suggested One Research Exeter. We adapted her suggestion slightly to incorporate the concept of making Exeter’s research open and available to the public including researchers across the globe. Congratulations Katie and hope you are enjoying your Kindle!

On Friday 22nd March, the Open Exeter team will be in the Forum Street on Streatham Campus from 10:00 – 12:00, to answer questions about the project and any other research data management and open access queries you may have. You will have the chance to see an ORE demo, and talk to those who developed the repository as well as other staff from RKT, Exeter IT and the Library who support research at Exeter. Come along and talk to us and you may get a free fairy cake!  You can even join the event on Facebook!

This will be followed by a celebratory lunch for stakeholders and others from around the University who have supported the Open Exeter project since its start date in October 2011. As we draw towards the end of the project, we hope to continue to work closely with researchers and others from around the University to ensure that our project outputs are sustainable in the long-term. In the meantime we will be making sure all is ready for ORE’s launch on Friday!

If you have any questions about ORE, please contact or .

 

Posted under Exeter Data Archive, News, Open Access, Research, Technical development

This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on March 19, 2013

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 or .

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

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Open Access Week @Exeter

What we wanted

In the beginning there was the word, and the word was ‘Openaccess’. I know, ‘Open Access’ should be two words, but never mind that.

When I joined the Open Exeter Project, at the back end of August, Open Access Week @Exeter was little more than idea. We knew that we wanted to raise awareness of, and spread the word about, Open Access across the University of Exeter. We wanted to attract some of the big names, and we wanted to make it clear that the University of Exeter takes Open Access seriously.

I think we managed that.

What we did

We began with a list of names; Cameron Neylon, Alma Swan, Brian Kelly, and many others. The invitations were crafted, a timetable was drafted, and promo materials were commissioned (grafted is too much of a stretch, even for me).

The response was overwhelming– and positive, which was great.

We had Cameron Neylon speak on ‘How I learnt to stop worrying and love the RCUK policy’

We had Alma Swan speak on ‘Open Access and You: a relationship with promise’

We had Brian Kelly speak on ‘Open Practices for the Connected Researcher’


More than that we also had Mark Thorley talking about the RCUK policy, we had founder Mark Hahnel talking about figShare, Ann Grand on Open Science, Alejandro Lopez Cobos from BioMed Central and Margaret Hurley from the Wellcome Trust.

It wasn’t just external speakers either, we also had excellent input from internal staff such as Gareth Cole’s workshop on How to Write a Data Management Plan and Caroline Dominey on Data Storage, Protection and Sharing.

The great thing about it from an Open Access point of view is that we were able to record the majority of our speakers so the talks are available to anyone who is interested. You can find them on the University of Exeter Library’s YouTube channel, and we’ve even got the slides on SlideShare.

What came out of it

The goal was to raise the profile of Open Access within the University and we did that, and not just with a focus on the researcher and academic, but also for the staff who support them.

Before I began working for Open Exeter I didn’t know much about Open Access, but after Open Access Week @Exeter I have a much better understanding. The full week of events across a broad range of areas has added a lot to my knowledge, and more than that all my friends and family have heard of Open Access now too. Whether they wanted to or not.

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This post was written by James Nathanael Beeson on December 11, 2012

Open Access Week Day 2

Some really interesting presentations yesterday including a talk from Exeter’s Michael Wykes (Policy, Impact and Performance Manager, Research & Knowledge Transfer) on Open Access and the REF. This was followed by Brian Kelly with a presentation on Open Practices for the Connected Researcher. I personally learnt quite a lot from both of these sessions and judging from feedback, so did others who attended. I now know much more about sharing materials in muliple formats and a variety of places, e.g., SlideShare, which we will definitely be using to share our presentations, and Topsy which analyses your tweets. Much, much more but have to prepare for day 3 and a talk by me at 9.30.

Do follow the day,s events at #oaex and try to come along to our sessions today – Alma Swan at 12, Research Speed Updating at 2pm and Cameron Neylon at 3.30 followed by our Happy Hour (alcohol will be available!).

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This post was written by Jill Evans on October 24, 2012

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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!

Posted under Advocacy and Governance, Exeter Data Archive, News, Open Access, PGR students, Research, Training

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