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Apo presentation research librarians day feb 2017

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Engagement & Impact through Open Access policy and Practice research & Resources via Australian Policy Online by Amanda Lawrence - presented at the Research Support Community Day 2017

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Apo presentation research librarians day feb 2017

  1. 1. Engagement and impact through open access policy and practice research and resources Amanda Lawrence, Research and Strategy Manager, APO alawrence@apo.org.au
  2. 2. Towards ‘evidence-informed’ policy and practice “The quality of public decision making depends significantly on the quality of analysis and advice provided through public organisations.” Brian Head, 2016 Reliable information, evidence and expertise is essential to good decision making But the use of best available evidence in policy and practice is patchy Political and ideological issues are part of this Discovering, evaluating, analysing and applying research and information is also a huge issue...
  3. 3. Who produces policy and practice evidence?
  4. 4. Traditional publishing products – 28,000 peer-reviewed journals and 2.5 million articles published each year Trade and academic book publishing Academic journals
  5. 5. Organisation publishing/NTROS/“Grey literature” Published online and (historically/still) in print
  6. 6. Knowledge translation and dissemination - diversity is the key Highlight: Five-line-Summary Report for Decision Makers - Tweet Briefing: One-Page Summary Report for Decision Makers Executive Summary: Tailored Executive Summary for Decision Makers Multimedia: Motion graphics, Video interviews with experts, Info graphics, Presentations Policy Paper Journal article Concise Report presenting best practice policies Case Study: Regional Case Study, Trends Report, Survey and Data Extended Summary: Comprehensive Abstract Report for Experts and Researchers Project report: Full details of all activites and findings Technical Report: Status Report for Experts and Researchers Annexes and Data Series Assessment or field Reports Adapted from Global Building Performance Network strategy: from report to a tweet gbpn.org
  7. 7. Data – increasing steadily but still a long way to go… Source: Linked open data cloud diagram: lhttp://lod-cloud.net/
  8. 8. Most important materials used - by sector Source: Lawrence, Houghton, Thomas and Weldon, 2014
  9. 9. How do users find out about new research and information for policy and practice? Most important alert services - % Grey literature strategies 9
  10. 10. How often are the following services used to access information? Grey literature strategies 10
  11. 11. Perceptual map of document types for policy research Source: Amanda Lawrence
  12. 12. Issues users report with finding and accessing information they need for policy and practice Grey literature strategies 12 Finding relevant resources, including knowing what exists and where to look, and the amount of time required to sift and the lack of collections are major issues for 45% of information users. “With regard to grey literature, it is very hard to know what exists and how to find it…reports produced are generally held on individual websites and there is no way to search for particular subjects across separate websites other than search engines like Google but they also pick up a lot of chaff as well making it frustrating.” Information user, NGO sector
  13. 13. Issues users report with finding and accessing information they need for policy and practice Grey literature strategies 13 Accessing resources, particularly the cost of journal articles and market research and problems accessing government content, are problematic for 43% of information users. “University researchers who do not publish commissioned reports but hold this information back in favour of a peer- reviewed article at a later date. Local officials who fail to recognise the importance of open publishing of evaluative reports they have commissioned and keep them locked away in internal systems. Often metadata is not properly described - authors, dates etc.” Information user, NGO sector
  14. 14. Economic value of grey literature Source: Lawrence, Houghton, Thomas and Weldon, 2014
  15. 15. APO apo.org.au APO is Not-for-profit Open access Digital research library & Alert service that provides free access to full text research sources that are essential for public policy development in Australia and New Zealand.
  16. 16. About us We host publications sourced from close to 4000 organisations, by over 16,000 authors / creators The content is mostly scholarly and practical research as well as commentary, video, audio, data, news, events, websites, book reviews, courses and jobs from universities, governments, NGOs, think tanks and journals. Established in 2002, the APO database is continually updated with both new and historical resources.
  17. 17. APO is a free, open access knowledge commons APO operations supported by: Partnerships Grants and funding Community advertising Projects and services User contributed content, volunteers and inkind collaborations Current Partners
  18. 18. New Grants and Projects 2016 ARC LIEF Grant 2016 High Value Collections Project 2016 CRC LCL Knowledge Hub Project 2016 - 2018
  19. 19. Discover New reports posted daily Browse • Broad topic areas • Special collections • 1000s of topics based on an internationally interoperable subject taxonomy • User generated keywords • Geographic coverage terms • Wide range of content types – reports, papers, events, jobs, audio, data etc Pages for • Authors and creators • Publishing organisations Search • Faceted search • Filters by date, content type, authors, topics, keywords, source • Full text search Historical reports digitised
  20. 20. Collections ● apo.org.au/collections ● Growing area ● Variously funded ● Variously curated ● Active & archive ● Smallest 33 items ● Largest 2460 items
  21. 21. Feature Collection ● Fully funded ● Searchable ● Curated by APO ● Content vetted by partner ● Featured across APO ● Mindfully attended Child Protection Collection Supported by UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) Global network of researchers wanting to create an evidence-base of quality grey literature resources
  22. 22. Project or conference Collection ● Minimal cost ● Fully seachable ● Modular design ● Controlled content ● Expandable as needed
  23. 23. Keyword Collection ● Free ● User generated by tags ● Augmented by summary ● Mentioned in newsletter ● Open to group additions ● Massive scope for user-generated collections
  24. 24. Powering new Knowledge Hubs
  25. 25. Faceted search http://apo.org.au/topics/marketing Filter searches by topic, date, author, organisation, country, resource type etc.
  26. 26. APO Briefings http://apo.org.au/files/apo_briefing_9_august_2016.htm APO provides a free, bi-weekly newsletter sent out to over 16,000 subscribers interested in keeping up to date with the latest policy research. Six weekly topic-focussed newsletters also offer subscribers customised content to suit their interests. APO also offers a weekly newsletter of New Zealand-related content.
  27. 27. Metrics Google Analytics Custom dimensions
  28. 28. APO Tools The tools currently working on APO for registered users: ● Submit Content - Resources & Creators ● Profile Page - Username ● Dashboard ● Bookmarks ● Lists and shareable widgets of lists ● Customisable menu toolbar ● Request a DOI (permission based) ● Metric blocks on dash and profile pages. Metric Page ● Report Broken links ● Tag content - free tagging ● Share on social media…. ● Citation tools ● My org metrics dashboard (APO assigned)
  29. 29. Document and data hosting Built in Drupal open source CMS software – extended its capability to be a repository using exisitng modules Full text document storage and access Deadlink fixing and uploading of full text DOIs and long term management Orcid integration Currently developing data hosting capability with the integration of CKAN data storage software New metadata schema to integrate publication and data Linking between data and publications
  30. 30. Interoperability: OAI, API, RSS, XML, TXT citations Research Management and discovery systems Citation exports
  31. 31. How you can work with us Do you have researchers needing to bring together key online resources on a particular topic of public or practice interest? Help them in 3 easy steps 1. Register 2. Start uploading interesting research or other useful content 3. Tag it with whatever name you want and share the link You’ve just created your own specialist grey literature collection! From there we can do lots more: embed on your site, create a special gateway page, mint DOIs, link to Orcid IDs, provide metrics etc.
  32. 32. What’s next for APO? Visual redesign and logo launching in 2017 - and a new name! Analysis and Policy Online Research translation and publishing tools Expanding collections and geographical coverage internationally and into specialised knowledge hubs eg: Latin America, Africa, eHealth, Low Carbon Living and other topics New tools and visualisations for accessing the collections and creating policy networks and mappings Increased text mining for machine augmented metadata Collaborations with other projects and organisations in Australia and internationally Integration with data collections to link documents and data
  33. 33. Digitisation collaboration with internet archive First Internet archive table top scribe in Australia Non-destructive scanning of print documents APO collection on IA and free full text access from APO Scanners available to other organisations on application Enables new forms of analysis of historical textual documents
  34. 34. In progress: Policy network mapping with APO data Source: Mapping global media policy
  35. 35. Policy issues for public interest publishing Copyright – need for Fair Use principles Participation in the Research Infrastructure Roadmap review being run by the Dept of Innovation and the Chief Scientist New NFP Business models for research infrastructure projects Need for coordinating body to support whole research and communication system – not just data. Better support to improve researchers’ knowledge and skills for effectively participating in the scholarly and public communication. Access to information campaign and strategies for Gov publications and funded research materials. Has to be included in funding agreements for ALL publicly funded information. Open Government Partnership could play a role.
  36. 36. Thanks and questions Get in touch if you would like to get involved in any way Amanda Lawrence alawrence@apo.org.au We also have volunteers and internships and lots of ways in which you can learn and contribute to digital curation of policy and practice resources. Email Penelope Aitken: editor@apo.org.au

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