Open Access developments in Ireland take place mostly through institutional repository building and the adoption of OA mandates by 4 of the major funding agencies. There are 13 institutional depositories in the country and DOAJ indexes 10+ OA journals.
There is a strong awareness of OA in Ireland, led by the OA mandates of 4 out of 7 research funding agencies. This has been further enhanced by government project funding to develop institutional repositories in all universities and build a national portal to include research of all Irish research institutions.
National and Institutional Level Policies/Mandates:
There are national OA mandates at 4 of the country’s 7 research funders:
- Higher Education Authority (HEA)
- Health Research Board (HRB)
- Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
- Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Details of Key Organizations:
Irish Universities Association (IUA)
Overview: Representative body for Ireland’s (7) universities with a Libraries Working Group that has been responsible for managing the IRel project.
Communication address: Irish Universities Association, 48 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, Ireland; e-mail: info(at)iua.ie
Thematic Open Access projects/Initiatives
- Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has an OA mandate and a repository on life sciences, information and communication and sustainable energy technologies.
- Marine Institute Open Access Repository aims to collect, preserve and provide open access to the research output of the Marine Institute. The Repository contains digital archive collections and published and unpublished works of researchers in the Marine Institute.
- Irish Health Repository (LENUS) consists of 7 collections in areas of health research, hospital research, primary and community care and health professions. It has a self-archiving open access facility
- Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) has an OA mandate for all funded research in the fields of science, engineering and technology and used RIAN, a consortium repository constructed as a result of the IRel project.
Past and Future OA Related Activities:
- RIAN is the outcome of the IRel higher education project supported by the Irish Government's 'Strategic Innovation Fund'. Project planning was carried out by the seven Irish university libraries, and was supported by the Irish Universities Association (IUA).
- Open Access Week events to raise OA awareness takes place annually through seminars and conferences.
List of Publications
Barkhoff, J (2008) Research evaluation, Metrics and Open Access in the Humanities. Presentation at Trinity College Dublin, September 2008.
Brennan, N (2009) Open Access policies in Ireland. Presentation at New Bulgarian University. April 23rd & 24th 2009.
Greene, J (2010) Project Management and Institutional Repositories: A Case Study at University College Dublin Library. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2010 Supplement, Vol. 16, p98-115, 18p
Greene, J. (2010). Project Management and Institutional Repositories: A Case Study at University College Dublin Library. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 1698-115. doi:10.1080/13614533.2010.509994
Hackett, T. (2008). Libraries in the digital age: minimum copyright provisions. IFLA Conference Proceedings, 1-4.
Irish Universities Association (2007) IUA Libraries National Research Portalto raise the profile of Irish research findings. Press Release.
Lalor, K (2009) In praise of repositories and open access Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies Vol.9 (1): 4-5.
Lawton, A (2009) Lenus: from healing god to health repository An Leabharlann, 27: 26-30.
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