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Open Access Research: A Review of DFID’s Policy and Practice

By Lucia Loffreda, 04/11/19 In late 2018, Research Consulting completed an independent review of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Research Open and Enhanced Access Policy. Now, at a time of rapid development in the open access (OA) and open research data (ORD) landscapes, we’re pleased to share the findings in our latest report. The review stems from the …

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Report on European research funder Open Policies and practices

By Victoria Ficarra, 30/09/19 Research Consulting was commissioned by SPARC Europe to undertake research on European research funder Open policies and practices. The report is now publicly available on the SPARC Europe website and on the Reports page of our website. We supported SPARC Europe in the development and analysis of a survey conducted in spring this year, with responses …

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Four rising areas of concern in research data management

By Andrea Chiarelli, 25/04/19 This post was originally published on the Jisc Research Data blog and discusses what we heard from the Jisc RDM Toolkit working group, at a meeting held in London on April 8th. A recent survey by the European University Association showed that almost 40% of universities in their sample lacked research data management (RDM) policies and were not …

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Realising the potential – The final report of the Open Research Data Task Force

Guest post by Michael Jubb, 04/02/2019 Michael Jubb has nearly 30 years’ experience in scholarly communications, strategic planning and research management. He was Director of the Research Information Network (RIN) for eleven years, focusing on the changing needs and behaviours of key players in the scholarly communications landscape, and now leads Jubb Consulting. He has been responsible since 2005 for over 30 …

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Getting ready for open research

By Andrea Chiarelli, 29/06/2018 On Tuesday 26th June, I attended the Inside Government event Moving Towards Full Open Access in Higher Education in London. The event dealt with open access and its challenges but also, more broadly, with open research. Thanks to a pool of high-profile speakers, we were presented with a series of significant observations – in this post, …

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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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Communicating the impact of RDM through case studies

By Andrea Chiarelli, 28 Jun 2017 On Wednesday, June 28th, we are attending Jisc’s Research data network event in York to talk about the impact arising from Research Data Management (RDM). The 45 case studies on which our presentation is based are now available on Zenodo as a pdf document, or on the researchdata.network website as a collection of abstracts and …

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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 …