DRI on Open Access to Research Data


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Presentation given by Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland, at the Nordforsk/NeGI Workshop on Implementing Open Access for Research Data, in Iceland on 14-15th August 2014.

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DRI on Open Access to Research Data

  1. 1. Dr Sandra Collins Director, Digital Repository of Ireland Royal Irish Academy
  2. 2. Digital Repository of Ireland DRI is a trusted digital repository for Humanities and Social Sciences Research Data - sharing, linking and preserving Irish data online - Our Cultural & Social Heritage
  3. 3. Digital Preservation Data Discovery Access & Curation Narratives, Visualisation Open Data without Curation is of limited use: You can’t find it, and you can’t understand it! What do we do?
  4. 4. Digital Preservation Active Management for access to digital content Policies + strategies + actions + technology = Accurate rendering of reformatted and born digital content – regardless of digital obsolescence over time OA without preservation is OA for a limited time
  5. 5. Multi-disciplinary Team: software engineers, designers, social scientists, humanities, archivists, librarians, policy, Irish language, education & outreach, legal
  6. 6. DRI Platform Access Preservation Federated Archives, Storage Discovery Apps Linked Logainm
  7. 7. DRI user interface
  8. 8. Collections view
  9. 9. Inspiring-ireland.ie
  10. 10. Objects injested into Fedora Commons Use the Solrizer gem to create the Solr index Object metadata all CC0 / CC-BY Search will return metadata on all records Authorization system can restrict access to the objects Multi-lingual data (English and Irish at the moment) Indices for each language Search setup
  11. 11. Metadata http://dri.ie/publications
  12. 12. Digital Preservation – trusted repository Clarity on rights, licensing, data protection Open metadata, open access Data citation, Persistent Identifiers Recognition: staff, metrics, funding, costs Community working together – share expertise & costs Sustained e-infrastructure Costs for data curation & archiving Policy, Services, Systems → Practice Best Data Practice
  13. 13. Principled argument Results of publicly funded research should be publicly available OA enables research findings to be shared with the wider public, creating a knowledge economy with better informed citizens OA enhances knowledge transfer to sectors that can directly use knowledge to produce better goods and services Why is OA important?
  14. 14. Pragmatic argument Improves research efficiency Enables reuse of research outputs Provides the basis for better research monitoring and evaluation Preservation of research outputs ensures our cultural heritage is protected and curated Scientific outputs are kept in formats that ensures they are permanently usable and accessible Why is OA important?
  15. 15. Lack of credit or citation Labour involved Risk of misuse or misinterpretation Control of IP, copyright Data protection (humans, endangered species) Lack of demand Lack of incentive in career progression, funding Competition Address the Reasons for Not Sharing
  16. 16. “Coordinate activities and combine expertise at a national level to promote unrestricted, online access to outputs which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the State” National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy Funders, Researchers, Libraries & Repositories Irish Government Policy http://openaccess.thehealthwell.info/sites/default/files/documents/NationalPrinciplesonOAPolicyStatement.pdf
  17. 17. 1. Broaden infrastructure coverage beyond universities 2. Increase number of publicly funded publications made available GREEN 3. Use OA to develop a national picture – funding acknowledgements & value-added metrics 4. Promote OA to underlying research data and materials 5. Develop sustainable long-term solutions Phased Approach
  18. 18. Reaffirm: Freedom of researchers Increase visibility and access International interoperability Teaching and learning Open Innovation National Principles for OA Policy Statement www.oaireland.ie
  19. 19. Common approach Re-use Interoperability Open Government Data Don’t forget Social Data www.data.gov.ie
  20. 20. 1. Ask in reporting 2. Promote good examples 3. Allowable Costs for data curation & archiving 4. Sustained Repository Services 5. Training 6. Enforce Archiving Funders http://www.nature.com/news/irish-university-labs-face-external-audits-1.15422
  21. 21. Work Together!