Open Access and Irish research funding and in the ‘age of austerity’

Posted on 18 July 2009 Everyone knew this was coming but it was still a shock to see the swingeing recommendations in print. It would be futile to speculate on what the organisational topography of Irish third-level education will look like this time next year but I think it’s safe to assume that streamlining and […]

Assessing research excellence in the Humanities – an Australian approach

Posted on 11 April 2010 When asked to explain what a librarian does I’ve sometimes come back with the reply that we make lists. Lists that will facilitate ease of access to the collections we curate and preserve. Other colleagues may balk at what might seem a blunt summation of our chief function and point […]

Implementing the UK Open Access policy: The embargoes for Green

Posted on 3 March 2013 The positive achievement of the UK in positioning Open Access front and center of the debate around the future of academic publishing cannot be denied. However, defining a clear path toward policy implementation has been less successful. Here’s why: Embargoes for Green Anyone who has been tracking the rapid transition […]

Mother and Baby Homes – records’ accessibility through the lens of Australia’s ‘Find & Connect’

In 2018, Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, announced that a ‘transitional justice’ approach should be developed to examine Ireland’s history of institutional care and to consider the State’s response to that legacy through ‘a truth recovery or truth telling process with victims and survivors at its core’. In reference to the […]

Emerging controls in Elsevier’s scholarly communications ecology

Posted on 4 August 2017 As I’ve written about Elsevier’s service development strategy in the distant past, I’ve decided to shame myself into making some fresh comment and help kick the tires of a very neglected DarkRepository. Elsevier’s ongoing acquisitions programme turned another chapter on Monday with news that it had acquired bepress, (formerly the […]

Elsevier’s slice of Big Data pie

Posted on 10 April 2013 One of the more illuminating points made during the twitter storm that followed Tuesday’s announcement of the Elsevier Mendeley takeover came from @researchremix [ Heather Piwowar ]. To recap: Elsevier (academic publisher) acquired Mendelay (a reference management platform) for up to £65m. Mendelay is a collaboration tool, with Open Access (publications and data as well […]

Irish Libraries and the Crisis in Scholarly Publishing: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted on 30 March 2013 It’s a rare thing indeed that a parliamentary question gets asked about academic library subscriptions but that’s exactly what happened in Dáil Éireann [principal house of the Irish parliament] on 3rd March 2013. Peter Mathews TD asked the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement ‘…regarding electronic subscriptions for […]

When the pay walls return, ‘de-monetize’ the archive

Posted on 23 August 2009 Following the $3.4bn net loss posted by News Corporation in June it would seem that Rupert Murdoch is about to tear up the free on-line content model and introduce pay access. And where the Digger goes others may well follow. Even The Guardian seems to be contemplating toll access to some types of premium content although […]

Achievable and effective political reform through public access

Posted on 30 December 2010 The release of the 1980 State papers in the UK and Ireland under the 30 year rule sees the media’s annual review of events past begin to fill column inches and airtime. Post-wikileaks and in post IMF/ECB Ireland, this now seems more like an established pageant with infotainment as a primary output. […]