Re: Research in the open: How mandates work in practice

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:30:23 -0400

It is splendid that RSP/RIN are having a meeting on how funders' and
institutional Green Open Access Self-Archiving Mandates are working
in practice -- and I note that one of the speakers represents
UKPubMed Central, so we will indeed hear about at least one funder
mandate and one central repository.
But would it not be a good idea to hear from the UK's institutions,
about institutional (and departmental) OA mandates? The UK was the
first country in the world to adopt OA mandates, and it has the
largest number (both absolute and relative) of such mandate adoptions
-- both institutional (8) and funder (14) -- in the world. But none
of the 8 mandating institutions/departments so far seems to be
represented among the Key speakers on how mandates are working.

The world's universities and research institutions are the
"slumbering giant" of OA and OA mandates. They are the providers of
all of OA's target content: both funded and unfunded, across all
disciplines. Surely we should pay closest attention to those who have
successfully awakened the slumbering giant (locally) if we are to
draw useful conclusions on how OA mandates work in practice -- and
how to propagate that "best practice" globally. (Of the world's 76 OA
mandates, 54 are outside the UK: although we are clearly in the lead,
there may still be some extraterritorial lessons to be learned too!)

A word to the wise,

Your weary archivangelist

On 16-Apr-09, at 9:58 AM, Dominic Tate wrote:

      * Apologies for cross posting*

      Friday 29 May 2009, Royal Institute of British
      Architects, London

      The Repositories Support Project (RSP) and the Research
      Network (RIN) are holding this free event to look at how
      researchers are
      responding to mandates to include the results of their
      research work in
      repositories. It will cover the issues around both
      research funders' and
      institutional mandates at institutional, subject-based
      and national
      levels and ask how these mandates are working in

      Key speakers include:

      * Paul Ayris, Director, Library Services, University
      College London
      * Paul Davey, Engagement Manager, UKPubMed Central
      * Bill Hubbard, Manager, SHERPA, University of Nottingham
      * Paul Hubbard, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE
      * Charles Oppenheim, Head of Department and Professor of
      Science at Loughborough University

      The meeting will be an opportunity to investigate the way
      that mandates
      are working, what policies and processes can improve
      this, how mandates
      can become embedded within the research cycle, and
      reflect on their
      current and future impact.

      The event is aimed at institutional managers, senior
      research funders, repository managers, publishers,
      learned societies and
      academic researchers.
      Places are free but limited, so please book early,
      register at:

      For general enquiries contact the RSP, email or tel
      0845 257 6860.

      Dominic Tate

      SHERPA Repository Development Officer

      Greenfield Medical Library
      Queen's Medical Centre
      NG7 2UH
      Phone: 0115 84 67544
      Mobile: 07825 753 982
      Fax: 0115 846 8244

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