The information age has brought about incredible shifts in the dissemination of knowledge, and academic research is no exception. Research stakeholders including funding agencies, journals, researchers, and research institutions have all recognized the potential of Open Access to accelerate the scientific enterprise. Recent stakeholder policy revisions related to the demand for Open Access have become a source of uncertainty to the research community both in terms of traditional (academic articles) and non-traditional (data, software, etc.) research outputs. The creation of a policy roadmap that compiles and clarifies funder, publisher, and institutional policies regarding access to research outputs will help researchers navigate the Open Knowledge landscape, supporting compliance and encouraging openness in research.
1) Identify any available resources that document research stakeholder policies regarding traditional and non-traditional research outputs. (For example the UK JISC JoRD Project is developing a central service on journal research data policies)
2) Compile these resources in a web-based tool that allows researches to reconcile the complement of policies relevant to their work.
3) Enhance the web resource with additional general information about licensing & copyright as they relate to research outputs, as well as international considerations.
- A database of verified resources directly accessing stakeholder policies regarding research outputs
- Full text documentation of these policies
- Webpage providing access to the database & associated policy text
Success will be determined by visitation to the website. Web tracking metrics will include number of visitors (return and unique) and length of time spent on the site. Further indications of success will include any contacts initiated via the website, indicating community engagement.
The proposed work will cost approximately $25K and will consist of 6 weeks of effort for an Analyst to compile the policy information, 3 weeks of effort for a web developer to setup a basic webpage to display the information, and some modest funds for promotional efforts.
Input for the proposed resource will be sought from personnel in the areas of research and research support, as well as policy. Council from relevant organizations, such as Creative Commons, will also be pursued.
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