Regular teleconferences are taking place between a number of stakeholders to ensure that HEIs are receiving a coordinated and complete set of information about OA. Those involved are the Research Information Network (RIN) and members of the OAIG, including Jisc, SCONUL, UUK, RLUK, ARMA and the University of Salford. This is a summary of the most recent teleconference.
The Finch Group will reconvene in mid September. RIN is doing some preparatory work gathering the views of stakeholders with respect to the Finch Report’s recommendations and associated actions – on what they’ve done, what their plans are, what others have done that has affected them, and what remains to be done. This is not about re-opening the debates on OA, or about monitoring progress toward OA.
However, work is needed to monitor progress toward OA, and the Publishers’ Association and OAIG members RLUK, Jisc, the Wellcome Trust and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have agreed to fund a project to reach consensus on the indicators that would be a fair reflection of that progress and its implications.
The Research Councils are aware of the need for some details soon on the data that will be expected from HEIs to monitor progress toward compliance, and inform the 2014 review. It is not yet clear whether the basic level of information provided to the Research Outcomes Service / ResearchFish will be sufficient, or whether more will be needed. The work noted above will help inform that by identifying how easy it is for HEIs to generate data of various kinds. In the future, there might be a relationship between such data collections and the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme.
More immediately, the Research Councils have commissioned RIN to work with a group of HEIs to identify and share good practices in implementing OA. This is progressing well; HEIs have signed up, an interview has been schedule drafted, and an advisory group set up. Contact Michael Jubb firstname.lastname@example.org. SCONUL is commissioning a briefing document on OA for SCONUL directors, which should be ready end of May. The work will coordinate with that of RIN. Contact Kitty Inglis email@example.com. Jisc also intends, on behalf of OAIG, to support complementary work to RIN’s on providing guidance and case study material to HEIs on implementing OA.
There are a number of initiatives around Creative Commons (CC) licences:
- The Wellcome Trust is organising a meeting on CC-BY adoption in the HSS subjects, 24th April, with some of the major stakeholders.
- PLoS (with some Jisc support) is commissioning an authoritative factual guide to CC-BY from a leading expert in the field.
- Members of OAIG plus RIN have suggestedroposed work to advise HEIs on the various licence options and the various sources of information on them.
The Jisc APC pilot has had almost overwhelming interest from HEIs wanting to participate. It launched on 1st April, and it is likely to generate data that is highly relevant to OA monitoring.
The Sherpa FACT service was launched on 1st April and an API is planned. It is likely to need updating as publishers release revised policies. There is anecdotal evidence that publisher engagement with the Sherpa RoMEO service is increasing.
The OAIG and RIN have also suggested work on disciplinary differences and their impact on OA adoption, which will be discussed further.
The next call is scheduled for 17th April, 0930.
OAIG met on 5th April and considered some of this work. A summary of that meeting will be posted here shortly.