JISC and UK Research Councils to build a robust repository infrastructure for the future Tracking the UK’s research outputs will become easier in the future thanks to Jisc and Research Councils UK (RCUK) working together to utilise their expertise. Over the coming months a piece of work called the RIO Extension project will take place, to scope the issues and requirements from universities, funders and researchers in managing the information about research outputs. The aim of the work is to provide the UK education and research sector with clear, practical guidance on recording and sharing information about its research outputs, so that it can be reused for a variety of purposes, including by the systems used by the Research Councils. Neil Jacobs, Jisc’s digital infrastructure programme director, says, “The UK research community punches well above its weight in terms of the quality and quantity of research outputs. However, these are not systematically recorded, so it can be hard to demonstrate that impact.
Open access Open access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science. Whilst no official open access logo exists, organisations are free to select the logo style that best supports their visual language. Other logos are also in use. ABOUT - Open Access Week Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Get involved. Learn more about what you can do.
Triple A Framework Research organizations like the CGIAR cannot be satisfied just knowing they have produced high quality science. It is essential that the outputs of their research are communicated and put to use, in the village, on the ground, in the lab, or across the negotiating table. The Triple-A Framework developed by the ICT-KM Program seeks to help CGIAR Centers and Programs and their scientists decide on the level of Availability, Accessibility and Applicability (AAA) they want for their research outputs, and also the pathways with which to turn these outputs into International Public Goods.
CC HowTo #1: How to Attribute a Creative Commons licensed work All Creative Commons licenses require future users to attribute the works they use: You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) The Creative Commons FAQ has this to say about attributing CC-licensed works: These instructions are clear in theory, but many people who apply CC licenses to their work do not specify how they would like to be attributed. On sites like Flickr or ccMixter, you might not be able to determine the creator’s real name, and sometimes the work doesn’t have a title.
From Crowdfunding To Open Access, Startups Are Experimenting With Academic Research These days may well be the next golden age for universities, and startups are leading the way. For institutions that can feel much like their counterparts from a thousand years ago, universities have witnessed breathtaking change in just a handful of years. The development of Massive Open Online Courses by startups like Udacity, Coursera, and others have forced many staid university administrators to consider how technology can transform higher education, particularly in the dissemination of educational content. And while the hype around these startups may have subsided, the change in mindset they have engendered means that their influence will continue well into the future. Yet, for all of the splashy accounts on the rise of these new teaching startups, one function of the university has consistently been missed – their research programs.
Intergovernmental Organizations Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) are using CC to share research, data, and educational materials they produce. IGOs, like all creators who want wide dissemination of their content, realize they can benefit greatly from the use of Creative Commons licenses--maximizing the impact of their resources and efforts. A number of IGOs believe that as publicly minded institutions, adopting an open licensing policy for at least some subset of their publications is the preferred mechanism for ensuring the broadest and most widespread use and reuse of the information they publish. This page explains some of the benefits for IGOs choosing to publish content under Creative Commons licenses, clarifies some unique legal considerations, provides case study of IGOs already using CC, aggregates relevant frequently asked questions, and addresses common licensing scenarios and options available to IGOs. Why Intergovernmental Organizations Benefit from Using CC CC helps clarify rights to users in advance
Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? In the quiet, restrained world of research libraries, any controversies that arise are, for the most part, cordial and largely academic. So some within the industry may have been understandably surprised by the widespread attention paid when, in April, Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council sent a letter to the faculty concerning what it alleged was a crisis with its scholarly journal subscriptions. The letter reported an "untenable situation facing the Harvard Library" in which "many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive." The letter revealed that Harvard is paying $3.75 million annually in journal subscriptions and that they make up "10% of all collection costs for everything the Library acquires." A few of the journals, it says, cost upward of $40,000 a year--each. [READ: A Harvard Education Isn't As Advertised.]
World Open Educational Resources Congress The 2012 Paris OER Declaration was formally adopted at the 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 20 – 22 June 2012. Déclaration de Paris des REL 2012 (French) Declaración de París de 2012 sobre los REA (Spanish) إعلان باريس لعام 2012 بشأن الموارد التعليمية المفتوحة (Arabic) 2012年开放式教育资源巴黎宣言 (Chinese) Wageningen Yield A number of research institutes publish report series: Alterra A combination of practical and scientific research in a multitude of disciplines related to the green world around us and the sustainable use of our living environment. Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) Research Intelligence - 'Predators' who lurk in plain cite Paul Jump on dubious open-access journals keen to attract unwary academics - and their cash Credit: Kobal Wolves in the fold ‘predatory’ journals are sinking their teeth into the opportunities presented by open-access publishing models When Alastair Harden began receiving emailed invitations earlier this year to submit papers to various similar-sounding open-access journals with what he saw as little obvious relation to his discipline, the PhD student and sessional lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading smelled a rat. Closer examination revealed that the journals were all published by the Centre for Promoting Ideas, which, despite its British spelling, claims on its website to be based at what appears to be a non-existent address in New York City. A visit to what Mr Harden described as the centre's "hilarious" website - which includes reference to a director named "Dr John Simth Jr" (sic) - convinced him to contact Times Higher Education.