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Research Data Management: briefing for library directors

A briefing on RDM for library directors, produced by Caroline Taylor of the Academic Content and Communications Strategy Group.  This is aimed primarily at those starting the process of developing RDM services within their institution, but lists a number of useful resources which are likely to be of benefit to everyone.

Executive Briefing: Copyright Digest

The SCONUL ACCSG Copyright Sub-Group ‘Executive Briefing’ aims to provide members of SCONUL and their colleagues with up-to-date information on UK, EU and global copyright, licensing and IPR matters as they relate to HE.  The quarterly Copyright Digest summarises the key changes and new developments on the horizon.

Special Briefing: Changes to UK Copyright Law - September 2014

A one page briefing for library directors on the headline implications of the recent changes in copyright legislation has been produced by the SCONUL ACCSG copyright sub-group.

OA Good Practice Briefing Paper- July 2014

Jisc have produced a briefing paper giving more details on the OA Good Practice Pathfinder projects.

SCONUL's response to the Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

SCONUL has submitted a response to the European Commission's public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules.  A copy of the response can be found here.

SCONUL's response to the HEFCE consultation on open access and the REF

SCONUL has submitted a response to HEFCE's consultation on open access and the REF.  A summary of our response can be found here.  We are have argued for a an ambitious approach which should include monographs and for continued investment in the institutional and subject repository ecosystem. 

Open access to publicly funded research

In July 2012, HEFCE published a statement on their intentions for implementing their policy on open access, in which they set out their intention to consult the sector.

on 25 February 2013 a letter, ‘Open Access and Submission of Outputs to a post-2014 REF’, was issued as the first step of the planned two-stage consultation process on implementing open access.

SCONUL's  response to the consultation can be found here.

The case against a gold route to open access

For a useful summary of the arguments against a gold, as opposed to a green, route to open access for the UK, have a look at Dr Alma Swan's presentation on the future of Open Access in Europe to the recent LERU conference on "Open Horizons: A revolution in Open Science".  There were also speakers on the centrality of open data to research success and on e-infrastuctures for data.

OAIG and Finch

The Open Access Implementation Group has published a report looking at the operational challenges involved in implementing the Finch report.  It recommends that all those involved need to work together to address four key issues:

  1.  key areas where greater standardisation is required
  2. whether to leave to the market the development, implementation and adoption of intermediary services for the payment of APCs
  3. whether, and if so how, to facilitate and stimulate such market initiatives
  4. whether to adopt a more managed approach to intermediaries

What do academics want?

Ithaka S+R, JISC, and RLUK are running a survey of UK academics designed to closely parallel the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey US 2012. A report of findings will published in spring  2013  and a conference for librarians and academics from the entire HE sector will be held in London during the week of 20 May 2013 to consider creative ways forward on the basis of the survey report.  

Keeping up on open access

Major must-read sources on open access include the Finch report; Research Councils UK new policy on open access;  A useful look at gold open access from Alma Swann: Going for Gold? The costs and benefits of Gold Open Access for UK research institutions: further economic modelling; a good pro-gold blog from Mark Thorley of RCUK; and the opposing view in a blog from Stevan Harnad

Research data management

Those wanting a quick introduction for staff to issues around research data management could do worse than have a look at the training course materials provided by the Digital Curation Centre