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Open Science in the cradle of democracy

By Andrea Chiarelli, 11 Sep 2017 From September 6th to 8th, Rob Johnson and I attended the Open Science Fair in Athens. Held in the stunning Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano, this was the first event of its kind, and drew over 250 delegates from all over the world. An initiative of 4 EU projects (OpenAIRE, OpenUP, …

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Towards a competitive & sustainable open access market

21 Mar 2017 Today sees the publication of our new report for the EC’s OpenAIRE project, Towards a Sustainable and Competitive Open Access Market in Europe. The report discusses some of the challenges in developing an effective market for academic journal publications, looks at the progress of open access, and considers the current policy environment in Europe and (briefly) the …

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Reflections on the 2017 IDCC conference

By Andrea Chiarelli, 24 Feb 2017 I have just returned from the 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), which took place in Edinburgh between February 20th and February 23rd, 2017. It was a great chance to catch up with some colleagues and we presented a poster on where and how researchers currently share research data – the outcome of a Digital …

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Why we should care about text and data mining

By Rob Johnson, 14 Dec 2016 I was in Paris yesterday to present the findings of a new study on the use of text and data mining in public research. Organised by the ADBU – the French association of university library directors – I was joined at the event by speakers from ContentMine and NacTeM in the UK, and ISTEX …

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5 tips for a successful researcher survey

By Andrea Chiarelli and Rob Johnson, 28 Nov 2016 Policymakers, university managers and academic publishers all have something in common: they have to work out what researchers want. Sometimes an educated guess is good enough, but in many cases knowing what your stakeholders, staff or authors really think will lead to better decisions. Much of our work at Research Consulting …

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Building a Mission-Driven Business

By Rob Johnson, 13 September 2016  I describe Research Consulting as a ‘mission-driven business’. This means we deliver work that makes a difference, with the drive and focus of a commercial undertaking.  In practice this can feel like walking a tightrope, where it is all too easy to lean too far in one direction or another. Before I founded the company in 2013, I spent several years working …

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The “State of the KEC profession” report launches in Amsterdam

By Dr Mattia Fosci, 13 Jun 2016 Everyone loves this time of the year: the days are long, the light is brighter and conference season is in full swing. Earlier this month it was my lucky turn to join one of our clients – PraxisUnico – at this year’s University-Industry Interaction Conference (also known as UIIN) in Amsterdam. As the …

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Shaping Jisc services to support open access

29 Feb 2016 Research Consulting has today launched an on-line survey of UK HEIs as part of a study commissioned by Jisc. The primary objective of the study is to help assess the value of the following Jisc open access services: Monitor Local, Monitor UK and Publications Router. These services are designed to help streamline open access processes within institutions …

Reflections on the Researcher to Reader conference

by Rob Johnson, 21 Feb 2016 I was going to do write a summary of last week’s Researcher to Reader conference, following on my previous post in the run up to the conference. Fortunately Danny Kingsley has saved me the trouble – her comprehensive blog post on the topic can be found here! Suffice it to say there was much debate …