Libfocus – Library Blog

For National Library Week ……Here is a great library blog.

Title: Libfocus

Authors: Martin O’Connor, Michelle Dalton & Alexander Kouker,

Libfocus is a communal blog with a broad and open-minded take on the subject of library and information management. The blog is maintained by Martin O’Connor, Michelle Dalton and Alexander Kouker, and also features posts by guest contributors on a regular basis.

Full Text & Source:

The Internet, Online, 15/4/2015

Sample Post:

Open access and research data management: Horizon 2020 and beyond

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Martin O Connor

Guest post by Breeda Herlihy, manager of Cora, The Institutional Repository of UCC

This week sees the running of a two day training event at UCC Library which will introduce attendees to the concepts of open research and research data management within the context of Horizon 2020. The event has been organised jointly by UCC Library together with UCC Research Support Services, Teagasc and the Repository Network Ireland (RNI). The hosting of the event in UCC Library was made possible through funding from the FP7 funded FOSTER project. FOSTER aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to foster open science in their daily workflow.

Both days of the event are aimed at different audiences and bring speakers from across Ireland and the UK to Cork to share their experiences with research data management and all it entails. The second day will be of particular interest to librarians since it is designed for staff who support research data management in research performing institutions. This day has been accredited by the Library Association of Ireland for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Registration for the event has closed but proceedings can be followed via Twitter using the hashtags #rdmucc and #fosteropenscience. Slides and recorded presentations will be made available after the event on the FOSTER website.

Day 1. Tuesday 14th April. Open research in H2020:  how to increase your chances of success

The first day is targeted to researchers and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) interested in developing Horizon 2020 proposals and will provide:

  • An overview of open science and open data in Horizon 2020
  • Case study from a research project successfully using research data management principles
  • Case studies from current Irish services engaged with research data management including the Environmental Protection Agency and the UCC Clinical Research Facility

Day 2. Wednesday 15th April. Research data management – institutional needs, targets and training

The second day is aimed at institutional support staff including library staff, IT services, research support staff and project managers and will provide:

  • An introduction to research data management
  • Case studies of existing institutional research data management services including University of Edinburgh, University of East London, Loughborough University, Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin.
  • Information on how to support researchers at research performing institutions

A detailed programme for both days is available here

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