Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research: Advancing Open Science and Public Access to Research | National Open Research Forum

“Today, Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030 was launched at an event hosted by the National Open Research Forum (NORF). The National Action Plan outlines objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research. The plan was prepared by NORF and supports national strategic priorities for research and innovation under Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy.

Open research, also known as open science, is an approach to research based on open cooperative work, tools, and knowledge sharing, for the benefit of science and society. Open research practices make research processes and their outputs available to the widest possible audience and aim to enhance the quality, efficiency, and impact of research.

The National Action Plan for Open Research serves as a roadmap for the implementation of open research across Ireland and is structured according to three broad themes:

Establishing a culture of open research
Achieving 100% open access to research publications
Enabling FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) research data and other outputs

Today’s launch event included introductory remarks by Dr Alan Wall, CEO of the Higher Education Authority, a summary of the National Action Plan by Dr Daniel Bangert, National Open Research Coordinator, and presentations from six projects funded by NORF to deliver priority actions for 2022-2024. …”

Ireland’s National Open Research Forum Awards €1.16 Million to Six Collaborative Projects to Advance Open Research | National Open Research Forum

“Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) has awarded funding to six new collaborative projects to implement priority actions in Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030. By building national capacity and infrastructure for open research, these projects will support the visibility and impact of Irish research and help progress Ireland’s strategic goals for research and innovation under Impact 2030. …”

Institutional Open Access Agreements

“Optica Publishing Group has agreements with various institutions to cover open access Article Processing Charges (APCs) for their authors. Find out if your institution will cover your APC below.

In addition, authors from qualifying low- and middle-income countries may be eligible for a discount or waiver.

The corresponding author must have an accurate mailing address and/or eligible institution in our database for the system to apply any waiver. This is the person who submits the manuscript and will handle correspondence throughout the peer review and publication process. They will have the authority to act on behalf of all authors and the responsibility for keeping all co-authors informed as to the status of the submission, as well as being noted on the article as the primary contact for any inquiries after the paper is published. The corresponding author designation does not indicate the contribution made to the article. Contributor statements and contact information for other authors can be provided separately….”

Public Reporting of Adverse Events From Long-Term Care Facilities for Older Persons and People With Disability in Ireland 2013-2019: Development of an Openly Accessible Database and Descriptive Analyses – ScienceDirect

Abstract:  Objectives

To describe the development of an analyzable database of statutory notifications received from long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and to describe trends in receipt of notifications from 2013 to 2019.

Design

Description of database development with descriptive and trend analyses.

Setting and Participants

LTCFs for older persons and for people with disability in Ireland.

Methods

Data on notifications received and on centers were extracted from a system internal to the health and social services regulator and combined into an analyzable database. Variables were screened for personal information, cleaned, transformed, or redacted and combined into a database suitable for open access publication. Descriptive analyses of the volume of notifications, trends over time and breakdown by service type, notification type, and risk-rating were conducted.

Results

The Database of Statutory Notifications from Social Care in Ireland was developed and an open access version published in February 2021. Protection of personal data was an important consideration in publishing the data publicly. Uses of the database include examination of national trends and identification of determinants of adverse events and areas for quality improvement. The number of notifications received increased over time. Quarterly notifications contributed to the largest proportion of notifications (older persons, 36.7%; disability, 39.1%). This was followed by serious injury notifications in LTCFs for older persons (33.3%) and abuse allegation notifications in LTCFs for people with disability (36.0%). Less than 1% of individual notifications were risk-rated red (highest severity level of impact on resident welfare). The types of notifications that were collectively risk-rated highest were staff misconduct, abuse allegations, and outbreaks of infectious disease.

Conclusions and Implications

The methodology and findings can inform publications of notifications, planning and resourcing for receipt and submission of notifications, target areas for quality improvement initiatives, mandating of timelines for receipt of notifications, and the mandating of notifications in legislation.

NUI Galway IP Policy and OER: Comparing NUI Galway and Peer Institutions in Ireland | The HardiBlog: Blog for the NUI Galway Library

by Kris Meen

I blogged recently about Open Educational Resource policies and whether NUI Galway ought to think about reviewing its own policies with an eye towards making them more OER-enabling. More recently, it occurred to me that it might be useful to have a look at some peer institutions in Ireland. and their IP policies to see if I could get an impression of how NUI Galway’s policies stack up to others’ in terms of their OER-friendliness. I went ahead and found the IP policies of five peer universities: Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and the University of Limerick. What I found was interesting: that the IP policy at NUI Galway appears to be a bit of an outlier, and in some ways would probably be considered less OER-friendly than at least some of our peers. I include links to all six IP policies (NUI Galway and five peer institutions) below as Appendix A.

 

CFP: Wikimedia+Libraries International Convention 2022 | Maynooth, Ireland, 23-24 July, 2022

“With support from the Wikimedia Foundation, we are excited to announce the first-ever Wikimedia+Libraries International Convention, to be held in Maynooth, Ireland, 23-24 July, 2022. While a limited number of scholarships are available, individuals do not need to be awarded a scholarship to participate. As the inaugural conference for professionals working at the intersection of Wikimedia and libraries, we seek proposals that engage all aspects of libraries and information literacy work happening in and alongside the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia’s core-knowledge projects (especially Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, and Wikimedia Commons) provide the community, resources, and technical infrastructure that enable free educational content on a global scale. To reach their full potential, however, these projects need participation from library leaders and their communities. To that end, we seek proposals that demonstrate practical, scholarly, and/or speculative engagement with Wikimedia across a diverse range of topics, including but not limited to:

Advocacy and outreach in local contexts
Tutorials and training on Wikimedia’s core-knowledge projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons)
Experience sharing panels
Productive failures
Future research – What are the initiatives/research that will move us forward?
Publication and research at the intersection of Wikimedia+Libraries

Important Dates

27 May – 21 June, 2022: Share the call for proposals with your networks!
21 June, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission
22 June – 2 July, 2022: Programme committee reviews proposals
5 July, 2022: Decisions on proposals and publication of programme draft
23 July – 24 July, 2022: Conference event…”

gov.ie – Minister Harris welcomes €1.7 million funding for Ireland’s open research transition

“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today announced funding of €1.725 million to support the uptake and implementation of open research practices in Irish higher education institutions and the wider Irish research system. This funding is through the Higher Education Authority (HEA)….

Ireland’s plans for open science are well aligned with the recommendations of organisations including the European Commission and UNESCO, which note the potential of open science to reduce inequalities and increase scientific cooperation through rapid and transparent knowledge-sharing.

Open science brings knowledge created in Ireland to the world stage and demonstrates the quality of our higher education, research, and innovation to a wider audience.”

gov.ie – Minister Harris welcomes €1.7 million funding for Ireland’s open research transition

“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today announced funding of €1.725 million to support the uptake and implementation of open research practices in Irish higher education institutions and the wider Irish research system. This funding is through the Higher Education Authority (HEA)….

Ireland’s plans for open science are well aligned with the recommendations of organisations including the European Commission and UNESCO, which note the potential of open science to reduce inequalities and increase scientific cooperation through rapid and transparent knowledge-sharing.

Open science brings knowledge created in Ireland to the world stage and demonstrates the quality of our higher education, research, and innovation to a wider audience.”

NUI Galway Open Scholarship Week 2022, April 11-12, 2022

Save the date:

Open Scholarship Week 2022 will take place April 11th – 12th, 2022 and feature a mixture of online and in-person presentations and workshops. 

For a taste of what’s to come, the 2021 presentations are available to watch back. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to Galway!

PLOS and IReL Sign Three Year Open Access Publishing Agreement

PLOS, the non-profit open access publisher, and IReL, the Irish library consortium, today announced a new three year open access agreement, which allows researchers at eight participating institutions to publish open access articles in PLOS journals. 

This agreement is IReL’s twentieth open access agreement and its first with a fully open access publisher.

RLUK Strategy 2022-2025

Research Libraries UK, an alliance of 37 significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland, is committed to working with, and on behalf of, its members to enable them to face shared challenges and seize collective opportunities.

This strategy outlines the ways in which RLUK harnesses the collective voice, experience, and expertise of its members, its determination to support them as they face current and emerging challenges, and its ability to act as a confident voice on behalf of the community.

This strategy is also an invitation, to like-minded stakeholders, to join with RLUK and its members as we work to transform scholarship and the role of the research library.

IReL support for open scholarship infrastructure – IReL

IReL, the Irish e-resources licensing consortium, is very pleased to announce that it is supporting the following SCOSS-endorsed initiatives:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) & OAPEN 
Sherpa Romeo

Much of the infrastructure needed to make open research possible must be openly available without user-facing or institution-facing charges. This presents a challenge in sustainably funding it. One way of making this work is for libraries, library consortia and other stakeholders to commit ongoing funding on a voluntary basis. 

IReL and its member libraries recognise that these infrastructures are of long standing benefit to libraries and their users and are crucial to open research globally. Therefore we agree that it is in our interests to help sustain them.

IReL is committed to supporting these initiatives for three years, from 2022 to 2024.

Ireland’s open-access geospatial data hub gets an update

“Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) has launched an update to its web platform, GeoHive, with improvements to its maps and databases.

GeoHive is an online hub where public sector bodies can upload geospatial data, which are datasets in which information is mapped to locations.

There are various datasets which the public can access through GeoHive, from data on Ireland’s environment and soil, to details on its population and economy. More recently, datasets on Covid-19 have been included, such as vaccination and incidence rates.

The update has enhanced GeoHive’s interactive maps for users, who can search for specific datasets and apply it to any part of the map they zoom in on….”