COVID-19 Research Repository now live – News – Public Health Scotland

“Public Health Scotland (PHS) has collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to create a comprehensive repository for COVID-19 Research in Scotland.

The repository, which contains research about COVID-19 in Scotland in a range of formats, is a fully accessible and searchable digital resource.

The creation of a fully searchable COVID-19 Research Repository reduces duplication of effort and makes research easier for policymakers, researchers and the public to find and use.

By providing easy access to recently published research on COVID-19 in Scotland on a single shared platform, PHS hopes to enhance the visibility of leading research and promote Scottish research to a national and international audience….”

Applications Analyst/Developer (337012)

“The University Library is undertaking an exciting project, due to commence February 2021, to implement a new repository for its digital theses and exam paper collections. We are looking for a versatile developer and system administrator with experience in repositories and/or Library systems to help this project succeed. As an enthusiastic, innovative and experienced developer you will play a lead role in the implementation of our new repository system and the migration of data from our legacy repository. This post will sit within the Library Systems team of ISD Business Systems at the University. This is a small team that delivers systems key to Library operations you will be required to provide back-up support for these systems. A dynamic, flexible and customer centred approach is key….”

Introduction to International Open Access Week from the University Librarian | InfoLinks

“It feels rather ironic to be writing on the subject of open access as we head towards the end of a year in which so many things have remained at least partly closed. However, the pandemic has served both to shine a light on the critical importance of open research and expose the amount of work still to do to achieve it. It is my hope that Open Access Week 2020 both reaches a wider audience and galvanises us into collective action like never before.

I have been thinking about, writing about and attempting to stimulate open access as the right solution for ethical and effective scholarly communications for almost two decades. Fifteen years ago, I was part of an ambitious plan to deliver an open access solution for Scotland through a national repository infrastructure, and while the lofty vision was never realised, this work placed Scotland at the forefront of open access thinking and demonstrated, as is often the case, that this is a nation well capable of ‘punching above its weight’. A paper describing a national information strategy for Scotland provides a 2005 overview of this project, within a wider context. It is satisfying to see that although the networked infrastructure we hoped to build is not in place, this paper still remains freely accessible through the institutional repository of a Scottish university.

This was a time when open access seemed most likely to be achievable by providing versions of published papers in repositories, while the final papers themselves would continue to be published in subscription journals – the so-called Green route. It was not until the publication of the Finch Report in 2012, and the enthusiasm of the then Minister for Higher Education (David Willets) for a Gold route, that open access of the published paper itself began to dominate policy and gain momentum. Very regrettably, this has become synonymous for many with one method of funding it: the article processing charge, or APC. This solution has served to perpetuate a scholarly communications infrastructure which relies upon commercial third parties, placing the research community at the mercy of a small number of profit-making organisations for whom profits and shareholder value are paramount….”

Open Access Assistant – CG1697NB

“The University’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) is looking for an enthusiastic individual with some knowledge of open access publishing processes and a desire to gain further experience in this developing area of research support. You will have some experience of working in a research environment or in a support role in an HEI, and will be able to demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail and excellent communication skills.   

The primary role of the post is to identify, upload and manage bibliographic data and open access publications to the University’s current research information system (Pure). The role will support the wider open access (OA) team services which assist academic staff to achieve open access via deposit in Pure or payment of OA fees and meet the requirements of research funders including UK Research and Innovation. You will also contribute to processes which support the University’s submission to REF2021.   

You will have a degree or equivalent relevant work experience, some awareness of the wider Open Research environment and knowledge of external (funder and publisher) policies affecting scholarly publishing within UK higher education. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with repository or research information systems and bibliographic metadata.     …”

Open Access Assistant – CG1697NB

“The University’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) is looking for an enthusiastic individual with some knowledge of open access publishing processes and a desire to gain further experience in this developing area of research support. You will have some experience of working in a research environment or in a support role in an HEI, and will be able to demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail and excellent communication skills.   

The primary role of the post is to identify, upload and manage bibliographic data and open access publications to the University’s current research information system (Pure). The role will support the wider open access (OA) team services which assist academic staff to achieve open access via deposit in Pure or payment of OA fees and meet the requirements of research funders including UK Research and Innovation. You will also contribute to processes which support the University’s submission to REF2021.   

You will have a degree or equivalent relevant work experience, some awareness of the wider Open Research environment and knowledge of external (funder and publisher) policies affecting scholarly publishing within UK higher education. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with repository or research information systems and bibliographic metadata.     …”

Open Knowledge in the Curriculum: Building competencies, attributes and literacies – Open.Ed

“At the University of Edinburgh we believe that the creation of open knowledge and open educational resources are fully in keeping with our institutional vision, purpose and values, to discover knowledge and make the world a better place, while ensuring that our teaching and research is diverse, inclusive,?accessible to all and relevant to society.  This commitment to open knowledge is more important now than ever,  in the midst of a global pandemic that has disrupted education for millions of learners around the world. Indeed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, UNESCO has issued a Call for Joint Action to support learning and knowledge sharing through Open Educational Resources (OER) with a view to building more inclusive, sustainable and resilient Knowledge Societies….”

Institutional Repository Support Assistant (293258)

“The University of Strathclyde has a commitment to boldness and innovation as part of its core institutional values, and we believe that our engagement with Open Access and repository development is a significant example of this commitment. In furtherance of these values the Information Services Directorate of the University is seeking to appoint an Institutional Repository Support Assistant to join our Scholarly Publications & Research Data team. The job role will encompass work within the areas of Green Open Access, including the management of scholarly grey literature, and aspects of Gold Open Access. 

The role will include the use of the University’s current research information system (CRIS) and Strathclyde’s institutional Open Access repository, as well as other systems relevant to the operation of open scholarly communications and open research within an HEI. The job role will involve the description of a wide variety of scholarly content according to established metadata schema, the correction and approval of system metadata and the preparation of digital file content for deposit, exposure and digital preservation. Interpretation of research funder Open Access policies and compliance requirements will be necessary and the applicant should have some knowledge of copyright matters, experience of liaison with academic staff, and advanced skills in the manipulation of digital files. …”

Open for Access | Open Scotland

It’s approaching the end of the month and my curation of the Open Scotland account. There’s so much I planned to write but find myself running out of time. Before I go, let’s return to the Scottish Open Education Declaration. The declaration recognised the potential of open education to “expand access to education, widen participation, create new opportunities for the next generation of teachers and learners and prepare them to become fully engaged digital citizens”. This is where I see my own open practice situated so let me tell you a little about how I use OER in widening access.

James Hutton Institute: Sites’ potential ‘enormous’ | Press and Journal

JHI chief executive Professor Colin Campbell told a meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) a spin-out business has already been established to handle innovation developed at the institute and its commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.

Prof Campbell said he had a long shopping list for the new funding, which he said could have a transformative impact on agriculture, and outlined the “enormous” potential of the open science campuses planned for Invergowrie and Aberdeen.

He said: “We have had a fantastic experience collaborating with Intelligent Growth Solutions in the development of disruptive technologies for the future of vertical farming.

“Hutton will be an even more open science institute, facilitated by new investment on our sites and embracing many collaborators, stakeholders and the public.” …”

James Hutton Institute: Sites’ potential ‘enormous’ | Press and Journal

JHI chief executive Professor Colin Campbell told a meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) a spin-out business has already been established to handle innovation developed at the institute and its commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.

Prof Campbell said he had a long shopping list for the new funding, which he said could have a transformative impact on agriculture, and outlined the “enormous” potential of the open science campuses planned for Invergowrie and Aberdeen.

He said: “We have had a fantastic experience collaborating with Intelligent Growth Solutions in the development of disruptive technologies for the future of vertical farming.

“Hutton will be an even more open science institute, facilitated by new investment on our sites and embracing many collaborators, stakeholders and the public.” …”

Innovative workflows around APC management – Strathprints

Abstract:  The presentation describes a number of examples of innovative workflows around the management of Article Processing Charges (APCs) as implemented at the University of Strathclyde Library. It’s argued that a certain creativity may be applied to the area of institutional APC management with the two-fold purpose of (i) extending the funding eligibility beyond the default coverage provided by the RCUK and COAF block grants and (ii) paying lower APC fees whenever possible. The background strategy is to build a relation of trust with as many researchers as possible that will make it easier for them to remain aware of the need to meet the (Green) Open Access policy requirements. It’s also argued that there could be significant benefits to be reaped from the extension into this APC management area of the current cross-institutional collaboration within the Open Access Scotland Group.

Large scale implementation of open access: a case study at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

“Journal papers and conference proceedings accepted for publication from April 2016 must be deposited in an institutional and/or subject repository within three months of acceptance, and following this must be made open access, in order to be eligible for submission to the next Research Evaluation Framework in the United Kingdom. This paper describes the programme to facilitate this at the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.”

Repository [and OA] Policies

“This policy [adopted May 2016] defines the content that RGU [Robert Gordon University] will hold on OpenAIR, the general workflow by which material is added to OpenAIR, the nature of RGU’s commitment to preserving material held on OpenAIR, and the conditions under which material may be withdrawn from OpenAIR….”