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National Open Access Monitor Launch Marks a New Chapter in the Irish Open Science Landscape

Mar 29, 2024

The National Open Research Forum (NORF), the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL), and OpenAIRE proudly announce the launch of the National Open Access Monitor, a cornerstone in Ireland's shift towards a fully open access research ecosystem. This launch marks a significant phase in a project that began months ago, following OpenAIRE's selection through a competitive tendering process. This initiative aims to support the shift towards transparency and accessibility of Irish research publications, and tracking Ireland’s goal of 100% of publicly funded research being open access by 2030.
For more information on this project, please also read the national press release from July 2023.

Driving Priorities with Precision and Efficiency

Currently in its pilot phase, the National Open Access Monitor is dedicated to improving data quality and expanding functionalities, with the final product delivery set for June 2024. This innovative platform offers an assortment of features allowing for the customisation of monitoring, benchmarking, and evaluation, facilitating evidence-based decisions to advance Open Science initiatives.

Empowering the Research Community through Tailored Insights

The platform provides diverse dashboard types for exploring role-specific insights, tailored to the needs of Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), Researchers, Institutional Repositories, and the encompassing National Dashboard. These dashboards enable users to measure their progress effectively in alignment with community standards and assess the impact of their Open Science initiatives. The National Dashboard offers an expansive view, featuring cross-country benchmarking and in-depth breakdowns specific to Ireland, serving as a key resource for policymakers, publishers, and anyone interested in a comprehensive overview of the national Open Science landscape.

Beyond benchmarking and evaluation, the platform offers functionalities such as synchronisation with ORCID records, linking research outcomes to projects and communities, and uploading DOIs for more detailed publication information. Such features not only enhance data quality but also facilitate evidence-based decision-making. By transforming complex data into actionable insights, the platform aims to serve as a collaboration catalyst, fostering partnerships crucial for advancing Open Science. Active user engagement is therefore strongly encouraged. With tools provided for refining and improving data quality, all participation contributes towards shaping a robust environment where open access can thrive.

A deep dive into the workings of the OA Monitor: Announcing a Series of Webinars

To introduce and maximize the platform's potential, we are excited to announce a series of webinars designed to engage the community and provide comprehensive insights into its capabilities:
1. Advancing Open Science: Introducing the Irish National Open Access Monitor
- Date: 20 March 2024
- Time: 11:00 - 12:00 GMT / 12:00 – 13:00 CET
Registration link
Open to all!
2. Irish National Open Access Monitor - Training for Research Performing Organisations (RPOs)
- Date: 27 March 2024
- Time: 11:00 - 12:00 GMT / 12:00 - 13:00 CET
Registration link
Open to Irish RPOs
3. Irish National Open Access Monitor - Training for Research Funding Organisations (RFOs)
- Date: 15 April 2024
- Time: 11:00 - 12:00 GMT / 12:00 - 13:00 CET
Registration link
Open to Irish RFOs

These sessions aim to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to leverage the platform effectively, supporting the broader goals of Open Science in Ireland.

Join Us

The National Open Access Monitor signifies a significant step towards achieving an open, accessible, and sustainable research environment in Ireland. We invite the research community, policymakers, funders, and publishers to join us in this vital initiative, supporting the transition to an open research environment.

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For more information about the National Open Access Monitor register for our upcoming webinars. You can also join our community on Zenodo for related reports, presentations, and datasets.