Ireland is transitioning to an Open Research Environment which means opening up access to publicly funded research for the benefit of society and the economy.
The move was revealed as part of the launch of Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment.
The National Framework is a key deliverable of the National Open Research Forum (NORF), which was set up in 2017 to bring together key members of the research community to drive Ireland’s open research agenda as set out in Innovation 2020, Ireland’s research and development, science and technology strategy.
“Open research has the potential to transform the research landscape, with clear benefits for society, including greater public engagement and trust in research”
“Ireland has a world-class reputation for research and development,” said John Halligan, TD, Minister for State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research.
An open book on research
“Key to achieving this is the drive and commitment to excellence and impact of all members of our research community, across all disciplines. I would like to acknowledge the work of the members of the National Open Research Forum who prepared Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment to ensure that Ireland can respond to and prepare for the shift in culture and practice that we are witnessing across Europe and internationally towards an open research environment. The willingness and ability of Ireland’s research community to work together to address common challenges supports the delivery of our national research agenda.”
The Framework is aligned with emerging European Union policy and includes principles on: open access to publications; enabling FAIR research data; underpinning infrastructures for access to and preservation of research; development of skills and competencies, and incentives and rewards for open research within research evaluation processes.
“The National Framework is a clear statement of intent by the Irish research community to take practical steps to embed open research in Ireland,” said Patricia Clarke, head of the Health Research Board and co-chair of the NORF. “I am delighted that so many key stakeholders from across the Irish research system have worked together to prepare this Framework, to ensure the research system as a whole moves in a common direction.
The framework will open up access to publicly-funded research in Ireland and support research excellence across all disciplines. Open Research will be a requirement of the next EU Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, and Irish researchers and institutions need to be ready.
“Open research has the potential to transform the research landscape, with clear benefits for society, including greater public engagement and trust in research and enhancing research excellence and integrity, across all disciplines,” said Tim Conlon, of the Higher Education Authority and incoming co-chair of the NORF.
“It also calls for a culture change and the NORF is a good example of how key players in the higher education and research system can work together to bring about this change on a national level. The launch of this framework is a significant first step in a process which will see the development of a National Action Plan for the transition to an open research environment.”
Written by John Kennedy
Published: 11 July 2019
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