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.
Support and Landscape
National OA pages and resources
National Open Research Forum (NORF)
- To inform the research community, and the public about open access;
- To ensure all researchers in the country are able to make their work openly accessible, through at least one open access repository;
- To support the evolution of a state-of-the-art and all-inclusive national open access infrastructure.
Open Knowledge Ireland
The Open Knowledge (OK) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.
Repository Network Ireland is a group of Repository managers, librarians and information professionals in Ireland.
Aims of the RNI:
- Improve communication
- Share information (knowledge, skills, learning) between repository managers
- Develop technical skills
- Run regular workshops
There are eight universities in Ireland: University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Maynooth University (MU), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, the University of Limerick, and Technical University Dublin. Additionally Ireland has 14 Institutes of Technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology and 7 Colleges of Education. A number of other third level institutions provide specialist education in such fields as art and design, medicine, business studies, rural development, theology, music and law.