Open research reports released – a response from Jisc

Yesterday the government released advice from Professor Adam Tickell on moving toward greater open access (OA) to research publications, and the report of the Open Research Data Taskforce (ORDTF) was published. In a post over on our main corporate blog, Jisc welcomes publication of open research reports, Neil Jacobs summarises key points from both publications and gives Jisc’s response. Read more

Developing skills for scholarly communication

By Helen Blanchett, Jisc’s scholarly communications subject specialist, with contributions from Dr Danny Kingsley, Deputy Director Cambridge University Library – Scholarly Communication & Research Services, Anna Grigson, Head of Content and Discovery, LSE and Education officer for UKSG, and Claire Sewell, Research Support Skills Coordinator, Cambridge University Library. Over the last 2 years, representatives of … Read more

Jisc, research analytics and metrics

Jisc has provided analytic services related to research for some time, from the JUSP and IRUS services that give insight about the use of journals and articles, to dashboards helping universities understand security threats to their research networks. In the last year or so, however, we have begun to look again at what we can … Read more

Help and guidance for universities looking to publish their own e-textbooks

This blog post was written by Graham Stone, Jisc Collections Senior Research Manager, and Mafalda Marques, Jisc Collections Research Analyst. As a final output of the Institution as e-textbook publisher project, we have created a toolkit to provide practical help and support to universities wishing to start or that are already in their initial stages of e-textbook … Read more

Public engagement and open science

Yesterday I was on a panel at the ‘Science in Public’ conference in Cardiff, asking the question, what is the contribution that open science can or should make to public engagement in science. The other panelists were Steven Hill (Research England), Paul Manners (NCCPE) and Melanie Smallman (UCL). However, the session was very interactive, and … Read more

Funders sign up to ORCID Open Letter

As the persistent identifiers landscape evolves, various initiatives are in progress to improve efficiency and effectiveness in research processes. For example, the FREYA project aims to “extend the infrastructure for persistent identifiers (PIDs) as a core component of open research”. The ORBIT initiative coordinated by ORCID, is engaging with funders worldwide and sets out to “save researchers … Read more