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An Open Agenda: European Funder Approaches to Open Science

Written for The Scholarly Kitchen by Rob Johnson and Vanessa Proudman, 26/2/2020.This article was originally posted on the Scholarly Kitchen website. Drawing on our recent survey of European funders commissioned by SPARC Europe, we explored what European funders are doing to drive change in scholarly communication, and argue that funders’ open policies could be backed up more by funders’ own …

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Perspectives on data for knowledge exchange – the review of HE-BCI

By Dan King, first published 21/02/2020, updated 03/03/2020 Prompted by our response to the review consultation, this blog shares some of our thoughts and observations on HE-BCI and the consultation. Dan King has enjoyed a (professional) relationship with this data for nearly 20 years, using the HE-BCI data to inform University performance and now in consultancy work with various UK and overseas clients. Research Consulting …

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Is scholarly publishing changing for the better? 3 themes to keep on the radar

By Andrea Chiarelli, 20/01/2020 Last week, over 270 scholarly communication professionals from 150+ organisations and 19 countries gathered in Berlin for the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) conference. The organisers (rightly) describe the conference as “the mecca of scholarly publishing”: indeed, over the course of two days, policymakers, funders, CEOs and other organisational leaders shared their views on the changing …

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Research Consulting appointed to Jisc’s R&D Framework

By Lucia Loffreda, 09/12/2019 We’re delighted to announce that Research Consulting has been appointed as a supplier to Jisc’s Research and Development (R&D) Consultancy Framework. The R&D framework is designed to allow Jisc to work with carefully selected expert suppliers to deliver specialist services across the further and higher education sectors. After a rigorous application process, we were appointed as …

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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, …