OA Pathfinder Case Study

I find myself posting less on here about my day job than I used to but there are things I’m doing that I still want to share.

Earlier this year myself and a group of colleagues at the University partook in a round table discussion with Barry Hall from the University of Sunderland and David Young from Northumbria University who are conducting a Jisc Pathfinder project to explore good Open Access practice in other institutions.

A bit of background, Open Access (OA) is a hot topic in Academic Research at the moment and is, in a nutshell, the idea of giving unrestricted online access to research outputs. You can find a bit more about it on Wikipedia, but it is currently incredibly important for us to be advocating OA publishing to help us secure future grants and awards.

Anyway, David has published their paper on our discussion on their blog and, if this is something that interests you, it provides a good insight into our current approaches as well as a couple of projects I have on the burner. You can read the paper here.

On a side note I’m going to be presenting some of this work at the UKCORR Members Day in Glasgow tomorrow, followed by an appearance at the 2AM conference in October, so keep your eyes peeled for more. If anyone wants to chat about any of this stuff, don’t hesitate to get in touch either in the comments or on Twitter.

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