Conferencia COAR-SPARC 2015 – Conectando resultados de investigación, conectando comunidades, abriendo la formación académica

Estamos muy felices de anunciar nuestra próxima conferencia, organizada en conjunto por COAR y SPARC, que tendrá lugar en la hermosa ciudad de Porto, Portugal, el 15 y 16 de abril de 2015. Los anfitriones de la conferencia serán dos de nuestros miembros, la Universidad de Porto y la Universidad de Minho.

En un mundo que evoluciona rápidamente, las instituciones académicas y de investigación deben pensar en transformarse en agentes de cambio, con mayor flexibilidad y responsabilidad que nunca antes. Parte de este cambio es un movimiento rotundo desde la noción de que los investigadores simplemente conducen investigaciones y producen publicaciones, sino que la comunidad científica debe por sí misma comenzar a tomar la responsabilidad de asegurar que los resultados de sus investigaciones sean diseminadas amplia y abiertamente, curadas apropiadamente, y preservadas. En este sentido, la institución se convierte en un nodo dentro de una gran red interconectada de productores de contenido y administradores.

Existen tanto desafíos como oportunidades inherentes en este nuevo rol. Por ejemplo, cómo creamos una red de investigación global y sin interrupciones en la que todos los países e investigadores puedan participar? Cómo podemos evaluar los resultados de investigaciones basados en su calidad, y no en el prestigio asociado a la publicación donde fue presentado? Cómo podemos gestionar los cada vez más grandes y complejos datos de investigación, para darle soporte a nuevas formas de hacer ciencia e innovación? Y cómo podemos asegurar que los contenidos estén apropiadamente licenciados, catalogados y preservados para permitir su re-uso e integración con otros contenidos relacionados? Claramente, las bibliotecas y las instituciones deben forjar nuevas sociedades, adquirir nuevas habilidades y competencias, y desarrollar nuevas estructuras organizacionales.

En esta conferencia se tratarán algunos de los importantes desafíos que enfrentan nuestras bibliotecas mientras intentamos re-definir nuestros roles en una era de constante flujo .

Algo de información general sobre el encuentro y hotelería ya está disponible en línea. Más detalles sobre el programa y la inscripción estarán disponbles a la brevedad.

Berlin11 Open Access Conference

On November 19th-20th I attended the Berlin 11 Open Access Conference – it was great to be able to catch up with colleagues from around the world and to celebrate the achievements of Open Access over the last ten years.  It was very clear that although much has been achieved over recent years, there is still a long way to go before we can truly say that most of the research undertaken at our universities is Open Access.  In the final session of the conference, the speakers talked about optimism and pessimism.  I’m an optimist and I certainly see a bright future for Open Access.

In terms of presentations that really stood out – I was particularly impressed by Bernard Rentier’s presentation.  As the Rector of the University of Liège in Belgium, he has enjoyed considerable success in implementing an institutional Open Access mandate.  The reasons for his success are that metrics on Open Access publications are connected to the systems for reward and promotion, as well as to applications for new research grants.  Although it is clear that this approach can work with great success at some institutions, I don’t think it would work everywhere.  The success of this model is dependent on the structure of the institution as well as the prevailing political climate.

There were interesting presentations from the Ministers of Higher Education from the UK, France and Germany and it was pleasing to see that the positive stance that the UK has taken in matters to do with Open Access has been held up as an example for other countries.

Open Access is developing at a rapid pace in the UK with considerable impetus from funding councils.  The RCUK Open Access Policy is supportive of both ‘Gold’ Open Access publishing and ‘Green’ Open Access repositories.  Universities in the UK have been set targets for making RCUK-funded research Open Access, but we can use both routes to achieve these targets.  RCUK has provided funds to pay for article-processing charges where necessary, but at the University of Edinburgh we still have an institutional preference for ‘Green’ Open Access.

For more information on the latest developments in Open Access or to arrange an outreach visit for your School or Department please feel free to contact a member of the Scholarly Communications Team at

Special thanks to Dominic Tate from the University of Edinburgh for this report.

euroCRIS membership meeting on services, models and architectures for R&D

IMG_2270On November 14th and 15th, 2013 the University of Porto held the autumn membership meeting of the European Organization for International Research Information (euroCRIS). Dedicated to the development of Research Information Systems and their interoperability, this event is part of the biannual membership meetings.

The special topic of Porto euroCRIS meeting was: Services, models and architectures for R&D. The aim of this session was to discuss different approaches for services, models and architectures for research administration infrastructures and identify best practices impacting the performance of R&D management.

One day before the meeting, Jan Dvorak presented a short tutorial about CERIF and the way it as grow and his important role in providing interoperability along macro systems.

The first day of the event started with a euroCRIS overview by Ed Simons and followed by three presentations of projects: ACUMEN Portfolio from Netherlands, the National CRIS in Finland and finally, an update about ENGAGE project from France.

The next session presented the Portuguese on-going projects related to research data at University of Porto and INESC and a second part about good practices and interoperability at the RCAAP project, the initiatives and evolution at University of Évora and a first draft of the national research eco-system by the National Foundation for Science and Technology.

The last session of the first day ends with the presentation of some services about authentication, benchmark and evaluation as well as services like Authenticus.

The second day of the meeting continued with parallel Task Group meetings (CERIF, Architecture and Linked Open Data; Best Practice-DRIS and CRIS-IR; Indicators) from where we can highlight the first public presentation of the OpenAIRE CRIS Guidelines based on CERIF.

These technical groups were complemented by a round table totally dedicated to better understand the landscape of Institutional repositories and CRIS and specifically their integration and connection. Sergey Parinov from the  Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, presented the Russian Academy of Sciences application of semantic linkage technique within a CRIS; Nikos Houssos talked about the Research Infrastructures Observatory (EuroRIs-Net+) as the single access point for Information on RIs & Communication with RIs Stakeholders; Pablo de Castro reported on different strategies and speeds on Institutional CRIS implementation in Europe; Brigitte Jörg, as euroCRIS Executive Board Member for Strategy and External Relations, presented UKRISS project; and Susanna Mornati and Andrea Bollini presented the recent developments that CINECA made on the open source solution DSpace-CRIS.

Presentations are all available at the euroCRIS webpage.


Special Thanks to Pedro Príncipe and Jose Carvalho from the University of Minho for this report.

Ecuadorean Universities working together on Open Access Digital Repositories

In October, the Ecuadorean Consortium for Advanced Internet Development (CEDIA) held the “Advanced Training in Open Access Digital Repositories” at the Polytechnic Salesian University- Quito campus. This event was organized by a CEDIA fellow, Josefina Siguencia, who is a specialist in digital repositories and was also supported by two Argentinian experts in the same field, Emiliano Marmonti and Patricia Testa.

The training course, which was held from October 14-18, 2013, was attended by repository managers from CEDIA universities and other Ecuadorean universities.

From the project “Metadata Applications,” presented within the Ecuadorean Project Contest in Advanced Networks III, it became clear that there is a need to unify criteria and establish a number of common policies for Ecuadorian institutional digital repositories. Only this way can we ensure that we are providing services within the academic scope for which such repositories have been built.

At the training event, both librarians and computer engineers agreed to the articles approved in the “Commitment Act”, which stipulates how to use the Driver guidelines 2.0 and other aspects that ensure future support of international repository networks.

Thanks to this training and the instructors, we have motivated and encouraged universities to increase the visibility of scientific production generated in their institutions.


Universidades ecuatorianas trabajando en Repositorios Digitales de Acceso Abierto

A partir del proyecto “Aplicaciones sobre metadatos”, planteado dentro del  Concurso Ecuatoriano de Proyectos en Redes Avanzadas III, surgió la necesidad de unificar criterios y establecer políticas de trabajo en todos los repositorios digitales institucionales; de este modo sería posible brindar servicios acordes al ámbito, académico, en que han sido creados dichos repositorios.

El Consorcio Ecuatoriano para el Desarrollo de Internet Avanzada (CEDIA) llevó a cabo la “Capacitación Avanzada de Repositorios Digitales de Acceso Abierto”, en la Universidad Politécnica Salesiana (UPS) – sede Quito. El evento fue organizado por la  Ing. Josefina Siguencia de CEDIA, encargada de repositorios digitales y contó con el apoyo de dos expositores argentinos expertos en el tema, el Ing. Emiliano Marmonti y  la Lcda. Patricia Testa.

En esta capacitación, realizada desde el 14 al 18 de octubre de 2013, participaron los gestores de los repositorios de las universidades miembros de CEDIA así como de otras universidades  ecuatorianas invitadas al evento.

Tanto bibliotecarios como informáticos estuvieron de acuerdo con los puntos tratados en el Acta Compromiso que especifica el modo de uso de las directrices Driver 2.0 y otros aspectos que aseguran el aporte posterior a las redes de repositorios internacionales.

Gracias a esta capacitación y nuestros expositores, logramos  motivar e incentivar, a las universidades participantes, a incrementar  la visibilidad de la producción científica generada en sus instituciones de educación superior.


Special thanks to our colleagues from CEDIA for this report.

Successful COAR presentation at IASSIST 2013

This years ‘International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology’ (IASSIST) Annual Conference took place from May 28 – May 31, 2013 in Cologne, Germany.

The panel ‘Data Centers and Institutional Partnerships’ took place on May 29 and was assembled with representatives from ‘EDINA and Data Library’, UK Data Service, DANS, GESIS and COAR. Presenters were invited not only to introduce their institutions and initiatives but to provide (best practice as well as obstacle) examples in the collaboration between e.g. data centres and institutional repositories and vice versa.

On behalf of COAR, Jochen Schirrwagen (Bielefeld University Library, Germany) focused on the ecosystem of infrastructure, policies and best practice. He emphasized successful collaborations with other initiatives, such as OpenAIRE and euroCRIS and involvements of its members in e.g. data repository registries and data libraries. Eventually the ongoing COAR interoperability project is a prominent example to analyse and practice the integration of Open Access repositories in the wide landscape of e-research infrastructures.

The audience, some of them working themselfs for research data centres or planning to set up a data centre, joined the discussion on best practice examples about collaboration and support structures, the implementation of Data Management Plans and the need of trust and certification for data repositories.

Please find the presentation slides here.

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