The Open to Open Access (O2OA) project, Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton


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The Open to Open Access (O2OA) project, Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton. Presented as part of Repository Fringe 2014, 30-31st July 2014, in Edinburgh.

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  • “OA is conceptually and practically driven by impact; broadening access, increasing transparency and translation and bridging the divide between academics and stakeholders”
  • Background: Embedding Research Impact at Coventry (ERIC)
    In 2012 a team of Coventry University business engagement, information management (and IT) and academic staff completed a JISC funded project to develop a pilot impact capture system (ERIC).  The result was an in-house tool designed to support researchers to plan and capture the impact of their research, and the prototype based on REF markers was received positively in pilot testing. Seeing the potential for such a system, university leads subsequently approved the full development and rollout of the tool across the institution and we have been working to achieve this goal over the last year. The system consists of a series of 4 logic-based drop-down boxes via which academics articulate impacts from the broad area down to the indicative metrics. This is coupled with an evidence repository and an email reminder system to keep the impacts ‘live’. Impact is planned from the outset of a project, monitored, edited, updated or removed and evidence then uploaded as it becomes available. This self-service system benefits from being user (academic) led, supported centrally and with the scope to configure and capture impact in its broadest terms,...
  • “Coventry University has a specialism in impact, having successfully completed a JISC funded pilot for an impact
    management system. The ‘Embedding Research Impact at Coventry’ (ERIC) system is a bespoke tool for academic
    and support staff to plan and capture and evidence impact. This now forms part of Coventry’s Research Strategy. “
  • The Open to Open Access (O2OA) project, Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton

    1. 1. Open to Open Access (O2OA) An OA Good Practice Pathfinder project Julie Bayley, Alan Cope, Lorna Everall and Miggie Pickton Repository Fringe 31st July 2014
    2. 2. O2OA Aim of Project Establish shared institutional processes for facilitating, promoting and managing open access to publications and data – enabling researchers to meet funders’ and institutional open access requirements.
    3. 3. O2OA Project Partners • Consortium of three post-92 “modern” Universities – Coventry University (Project management) – De Montfort University, Leicester – The University of Northampton • All at different stages in implementing OA policy and services • All need to meet funders’ OA requirements without the benefit of additional resource
    4. 4. O2OA Project Partners • Coventry University (Project management) – Early stages in the implementation of an OA culture across the institution – Hosts a digital repository CURVE using EQUELLA – Specialist expertise in research impact management – Currently running internal research data management project so will take the lead on OA to research data
    5. 5. O2OA Project Partners • De Montfort University, Leicester – Existing digital repository – DORA (DSpace) – Currently implementing a Current Research Information System (Converis) so will be project lead on OA aspects of CRIS
    6. 6. O2OA Project Partners • The University of Northampton – Digital research repository NECTAR uses Eprints – Recent efforts focused on research data management – Currently developing policy and process for OA publishing so will take project lead on OA to publications – Internal project partner: Institute of Health and Wellbeing
    7. 7. O2OA Project Team • Broad skill set within the team – Impact Manager – Repository Manager – REF and Business Development Manager – Research Support Librarian – Technical Support – Behaviour change specialist (psychology)
    8. 8. O2OA: Unique Features • All Midlands-based and post-92 institutions • Project team includes business development to link the OA agenda to applied research • Focus on linking impact and the OA agenda • Providing software-solution independent recommendations
    9. 9. O2OA HEI Sector Benefits • Provide a consolidated review of the OA needs of academics, information managers, research support staff, corporate leads and external funders • Provide an understanding of the perceived and actual relationships between OA publications, OA data and impact • Provide a translation of OA needs into associated workflows • Inform on methods to adapt repository systems and address interoperability issues across systems • To provide a case study reviewing the embedding of a pro-OA culture using behaviour-change informed approaches
    10. 10. O2OA Key Steps WP1: Needs assessment • Identify the OA needs and requirements of all stakeholders (using literature review; focus groups; survey) WP2: Process and workflow • Develop processes and workflows to support researchers in complying with institutional and funder policies WP3: Refine and review • Test and refine the processes and workflows WP4: Engagement and dissemin-ation • Communicate with internal stakeholders via updates, forums, invitations to participate etc. • Disseminate externally via project blog, conference presentations, social media, published materials and workshop • Ongoing throughout project
    11. 11. Progress so far • Presentation to Jisc Open Access Good Practice Workshop (17th June) • Project plan created • Project meeting at Coventry (discussed: consortium agreement; collaborative workspace; roles, responsibilities and communication; allocated tasks for WP1) • Questions for focus groups and survey under discussion (first focus group set for 7th August) • Review of OA guidelines from publishers, institutions and funders underway
    12. 12. Acknowledgements Thank you to our project funders: Further information about the Open Access Good Practice programme is available on the OA Good Practice blog