Developing the National Open Access Monitor, Ireland: Stakeholder Webinar. Sept 22, 2023, 2pm (BST) | Irish Research eLibrary (IReL)

Project Overview: The National Open Access Monitor project is managed by IReL and is funded by NORF as a priority action under Ireland’s?National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030. Following a public tender process, OpenAIRE has been awarded the contract to develop the National Open Access Monitor, based on public open data, to analyse and track progress towards 100% Open Access in Ireland. Webinar Purpose: This webinar introduces stakeholders to the National Open Access Monitor. “Stakeholders” encompass all individuals involved in, interested in, or benefiting from monitoring Open Access to Ireland’s research. Whether you play a part in Open Access monitoring, plan to, or will utilise the Monitor, you’re encouraged to attend, share insights, and help refine the platform.

Vacancy: Project Manager (maternity cover), NORF Ireland. End of play: Aug 30, 2023 | Royal Irish Academy

Applications are invited for the position of Project Manager (maternity cover), National Open Research Forum (NORF) at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), located at the Royal Irish Academy. Closing date 30 August.

Department: Digital Repository of Ireland
Contract Type: Specific Purpose
Reports to: Daniel Bangert, National Open Research Coordinator, Digital Repository of Ireland


Applications are invited for the position of Project Manager (maternity cover), National Open Research Forum (NORF) at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), located at the Royal Irish Academy. NORF has released a multi-annual National Action Plan for Open Research and a fund has been made available from the HEA and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to progress actions in the plan via a series of calls for proposals. DRI is the coordinating organisation for NORF and is managing this fund. See: is external)

The DRI, a certified trustworthy digital repository for the arts, humanities and social sciences, is a national infrastructure for preserving and providing access to Ireland’s social and cultural digital data. DRI also operates as a community hub for policy, advocacy, training and best practice in digital preservation, digital archiving, FAIR data management and Open Science. DRI is headquartered at the Royal Irish Academy. See: is external)

The Royal Irish Academy is a predominantly publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities across the island of Ireland. The Academy’s latest strategic plan for 2019–23 is available here: 

Key purpose of role

This is a specific purpose contract to cover maternity leave working as a Project Manager to support the implementation of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research(link is external). This plan sets out objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards Open Research. The successful candidate will contribute to the implementation of this plan by ensuring efficient administration of funded activities, facilitating cross-project coordination and alignment, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, and assisting with NORF communications and outreach. The NORF Project Manager will be based at the Digital Repository of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy and will work closely with the National Open Research Coordinator and the National Open Research Forum.

Key accountabilities

The NORF Project Manager responsibilities are to:

Work closely with the National Open Research Coordinator and Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) to support the implementation of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research
Support the Digital Repository of Ireland in delivering its NORF responsibilities, including ongoing administration (financial, monitoring, evaluation) of projects funded by the NORF Open Research Fund
Liaise with NORF projects (18 projects estimated) to support individual project progress, measure progress against National Action Plan objectives and priorities, and facilitate exchange between funded projects.
Develop and deliver a plan for consistent project updates to key stakeholders, ensuring effective internal communications within NORF and NORF-funded projects.
Support the full events management cycle, from identifying required events through to planning, logistics and delivery.
Identify opportunities to widen the scope of researcher engagement and stakeholder awareness of NORF activities and raise awareness of Open Research across the Irish higher education and research landscape.
Manage and populate key external communications platforms including the NORF website, newsletter and social media.
Seek out and identify opportunities for funding to support implementation of the National Action Plan and assist with funding proposal writing.

Person specification

Essential qualifications

A third-level qualification in a relevant discipline
A minimum of three years’ experience in a project management or operations management function, including financial administration (e.g. managing budgets, tender processes, etc.)
Demonstrable understanding of Open Research/Open Science policies and practices in a research context
Evidence of the ability to work with numerous diverse stakeholders towards common goals and to use initiative to address roadblocks.
Evidence of excellent personal communication skills, with demonstrable ability to engage and communicate effectively with a wide

Call for Proposals: Ireland’s National Open Research Festival | National Open Research Forum

“We are inviting submissions from members of the research community to present a lightning talk or lead an interactive in-person workshop at Ireland’s National Open Research Festival 2-3 November 2023. 

Day 1 of the event will feature three rounds of lightning talks (max. 7 mins), each focusing on a theme of the National Action Plan. We anticipate a total of 12 lightning talks. Lightning talks are an opportunity for individuals, teams and projects to share work related to the broad themes and actions of the National Action Plan. 

Day 2 will consist of workshops (duration 90 mins). Workshops should be interactive, and proposals that encourage the participation of attendees will be given priority.

Workshops and sessions will be held in-person only at the Royal Irish Academy. We expect all presenters (or their representatives) to be able to attend the event on the premises, unless otherwise agreed for exceptional circumstances. Day 1 sessions will be live streamed….”

Introducing the National Open Access Transition Programme project | National Open Research Forum

“In this blog post, Lucy Hogan, Project Manager at the Royal Irish Academy for the NORF-funded Priority Action targeting Open Access (OA) Transition in publishing, introduces the work of the project and invites stakeholders to engage with the project through upcoming surveys, webinars and events so that the result is community-driven serving the need of authors, readers, publishers and funders in Ireland. Led by the Royal Irish Academy, with its executive partner, Trinity College Dublin, this consortium of 18 institutional and organisational partners addresses the call in Theme 2 of the NORF National Action Plan for Open Research 2022–2030 to achieve “100% open access to research publications”….”