Sunday, February 18, 2007

European Commission Communication on Access to Scientific Information

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on access to scientific information in the digital age. The Communication announces a series of measures on how the Commission will deal with open access in FP7 funded projects - and how it will use its funding programmes to improve the access to and the preservation of scientific information. The following measures will be adopted:

– Costs for publishing, including open access publishing, defined as eligible costs in
Community funded research projects.
– Specific guidelines to be issued, within specific programmes, on the publication of articles
in open repositories.

– Approximately €50 million for work on infrastructures, in particular digital repositories, in
– Approximately €25 million for digital preservation and collaborative tools in 2007-2008.
– Approximately €10 million on access to and use of scientific information through
eContentplus programme.

– Study on the economic aspects of digital preservation.
– Funding of research on publication business models and on the scientific publication

– Deliberations in the European Parliament and Council; further discussions with
– Exchange of good practices for new models of access to, dissemination of, and
preservation of scientific information.

Related documents are available here - the Staff Working Paper is useful and comprehensive.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

TARA-Derived Teaching/Learning Resources - Test

TARA meets Flickr!
Repository interoperability is a hot issue internationally and a number of important projects are currently underway in this area. Meanwhile we have an immediate practical need to learn about the potential for linkages between the primary research resources deposited in TARA and the university's teaching needs 'on the ground'. A seamless interface between Dspace-based TARA, the College VLE (WebCT or equivalent) and the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) would be great, but before thinking about building system solutions we need to understand more about the needs and behaviours of potential users.

Selected images from the Nicholas K. Robinson Collection of Caricature have been uploaded from TARA directly to Flickr (via Flock). This is a test demo examining a Web 2.0 method - quick, simple, user-generated and free! - of repurposing TARA repository-based resources for use in teaching. This method allows direct upload of the web images as they are being viewed in TARA, and image cropping, rotation, addition of description and tagging at the point of upload using the Flock browser's special features. The usual Flickr facilities may be used as required: addition of notes to image, creation of 'sets', creation of slideshows, facility for comments by viewers/students, restrictions on access. There's an even faster way to do this: downloading Bill Conan's handy Firefox extension allows you to right-click an image in TARA (or any website), and send it straight to your Flickr account.

The advantage is simple and pretty basic: a learning resource is built 'on-the-fly' as a lecturer browses images in TARA. The Flickr slideshow link may be subsequently added to WebCT & Moodle courses and deposited in the NDLR as a reusable learning object. Of course, there are more high-tech/better ways to achieve this kind of thing - this is just a zero-cost start for us to explore the spaces within and between these systems. (The demo is for the TCD School of Histories and Humanities Digital Image Project).

technorati tags:, , ,

Blogged with Flock

Scientific Publishing in the European Research Area: Access, Dissemination and Preservation in the Digital Age

On 15 and 16 February 2007 the European Commission will host a conference in Brussels on scientific publication issues.The goal of the conference is to bring together stakeholders concerned with access, dissemination and preservation issues in connection with scientific publication and data in an effort to provide policy options for scientific publishing under FP7 and in the European Research Area. Both the Commissioner for Science and Research, Mr. Poto─Źnik and the Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Ms. Reding will be speaking at the event.

Research - Science and Society

technorati tags:, , , ,

Blogged with Flock

Monday, February 5, 2007

GSU Research Skills Day 7 February 2007, 10am-4pm GMB

The Graduate Students' Union Research Day will be held on the seventh of February, next Wednesday. There will be various interactive workshops held in the GMB during the day. Open Access and TARA are amongst the topics to be covered in 'The Research Support System and Publishing' at 2.00pm. Further information

Developing a Research Culture and Research Capacity - School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar Meeting

Round table Discussion: Maximizing your research impact for staff and research students.
Speakers: Niamh Brennan and Andy Watson
6th February 07 13.00-14.00
For further information please contact: School of Nursing and Midwifery, e-mail: or by phone: 01 896 2692