Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week!

Along with libraries around the world, the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway will be celebrating International Open Access Week the final week of October, from the 24th - 30th. The theme for the event this year ‘Open in Action’, which puts a spotlight on the concrete steps that are and can be taken to open up research and scholarship, while encouraging others to do the same.

There are a number of ways for you to take your own steps towards opening up research and scholarship at the Library during Open 
Access Week. You can sign up, for example, for two key events that we’ll be holding on the theme of Open Access.

The first event will be an open forum on research data hosted by the Library and the Research Office, and will take place on Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 to 14:00 in Room G011 in the Hardiman Research Building. The forum will be a place to discuss pressing issues such as research funder requirements for making data open, creating data management plans and enabling re-use of data. It will be a place for researchers to bring up any questions they might have about the opening of research data. The intention will be for the forum to inform the development of services to help researchers meet the challenges of managing datasets. For more information and to sign up, please see the following Eventbrite page:


The second event is an over view of open access policy and the ARAN repository being given by Trish Finnan, the JHL’s Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian. This event will be held in the Library Training Room in the James Hardiman Library on Thursday, October 27, from 11 - 12. For more details and to sign up to attend, see our Eventbrite page at:


Did you know that NUI Galway has published a policy on Open Access to Research Outputs? And that it mandates the deposit of any peer-reviewed articles or conference papers to the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) database? No better time to find out more than Open Access Week! The policy and its procedures have been implemented so as to ensure the widest possible dissemination and impact of research being undertaken at NUI Galway, both with the broader research community as well as to society at large. You can have a look at the policy here:

Open Access to Research Outputs

The library provides access to a wealth of Open Access resources already, many of which you’ve probably used without know it! We’ll be promoting these resources throughout the week, simply by Tweeting and Facebooking about what they are. Follow our Twitter account, @nuiglibrary, the Hardiblog and/or our Facebook page to find out more throughout the week.

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