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Ireland’s transition to an Open Research Environment

Written by Robert McHugh, on 11th Jul 2019. Posted in Ireland

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Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan this week launched Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment.

The National Framework is part of the National Open Research Forum (NORF), which was set up in 2017 to bring together key members of the research community to drive Ireland’s open research agenda as set out in Innovation 2020, Ireland’s research and development, science and technology strategy.

The Framework is aligned with emerging European Union policy and includes principles on: 
Open access to publications 
Enabling FAIR research data 
Underpinning infrastructures for access to and preservation of research 
Development of skills and competencies, and incentives and rewards for open research within research evaluation processes
 

The framework will open up access to publicly-funded research in Ireland and support research excellence across all disciplines. Open Research will be a requirement of the next EU Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, and Irish researchers and institutions need to be ready.

Speaking in Dublin, Minister Halligan said, "I would like to acknowledge the work of the members of the National Open Research Forum who prepared Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment to ensure that Ireland can respond to and prepare for the shift in culture and practice that we are witnessing across Europe and internationally towards an open research environment."

Patricia Clarke of the Health Research Board and co-chair of the NORF added, "The National Framework is a clear statement of intent by the Irish research community to take practical steps to embed open research in Ireland. I am delighted that so many key stakeholders from across the Irish research system have worked together to prepare this Framework, to ensure the research system as a whole moves in a common direction."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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