Ireland has considerable expertise in developing Open Access to publicly funded research, aligned with international policies and initiatives, and is now seeking to strengthen its approach to support international developments on Open Science led by the European Commission, Science Europe and other international agencies.
The Irish Open Access landscape favours the ‘Green’ approach to Open Access. This was outlined in Ireland’s National Principles on Open Access which stressed the importance of depositing the correct versions of research papers in the researchers local repositories.
Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) grew out of the National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy in Ireland.
It is a collection of like-minded organisations who came together in 2012 to advocate for open access publication in Ireland. The Committee issued recommendations for a position statement later that year, which was subsequently adopted by the Irish Government in October 2012.
Its objectives are:
NORF is currently working on new principles that embrace Open Science as a whole.
In 2007, Irish universities received government funding to build institutional repositories in each Irish university and to develop a federated harvesting and discovery service via a national portal.
This three-year project started in April 2007 and ended in March 2010. The project was directed by the Irish Universities Association and managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians’ Group. A press release on the project from the Irish Universities Association is available at this link. ‘RIAN’, the Ireland's National Open Access Research Portal, harvests metadata from the institutional repositories of the Rian partner institutions. Rian was launched in October, 2010.
Since then RIAN has expanded to include repositories other than those of the seven universities.
In addition edepositIreland was setup in 2014 as the ‘Orphan’ Repository for Ireland. This complies with Ireland’s National Principles on Open Access which state that ‘Every publicly-funded researcher in Ireland shall have deposit rights in an Open Access repository
Ireland’s National Principles on Open Access were published in October 2012. In addition, most Irish funding agencies and some Higher Education Institutions have Open Access policies.
The Irish Principles on Open Access were launched in October 2012. The principles reiterate the right of the freedom of researchers to publish wherever they feel is the most appropriate. Additionally the policy states:
Ireland’s national principles also encourage researchers to publish in Open Access Journals but clearly states that these papers must also be deposited in a repository.
As well as the national policies the following institutions have implemented their own policies
Irish funding agencies have been very proactive about implementing Open Access policies aligned with international best practice. Some of the funding agency policies are listed below.
RIAN is Ireland’s national portal for Open Access portals. RIAN began in 210 by harvesting to one portal the contents of the Institutional Repositories of the seven university libraries. As RIAN developed further, other Irish research repositories were added, and more continue to be added, so that RIAN will truly be the portal to Irish research.
Open Access repositories are currently available in all Irish universities and in a number of other higher education institutions:
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Repository Network Ireland is a newly formed group of Repository managers, librarians and information professionals in Ireland.
Aims of the RNI:
Ireland has 9 major funding agencies which are listed here.
Ireland has 1 funding agency integrated in OpenAIRE.
See also Monitor Statistics of Ireland - SFI