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Thursday, February 08, 2007

e-Infrastructure and OA in the UK

Developing the UKs e-infrastructure for science and innovation, a report of the e-Infrastructure Working Group of the UK Office of Science and Innovation (OSI), February 8, 2007.  (Thanks to Clifford Lynch.)  Excerpt:

...Appropriate strategic and fiscal policies are needed to encourage and reward the sharing of research outputs and use of the shared e-infrastructure, including an acceptance of the open access policies currently being developed by the UK Research Councils and others. Greater recognition and appropriate reward structures are also needed in the acquisition and making available of research data. It is vital that digital preservation becomes an integral part of academic life and that researchers are equipped with the necessary skills to embed preservation methods and processes into the workflow of their organisations....

Key recommendations [on technology development for data and information creation]...

5.  Interoperating distributed data repositories for depositing and accessing data to appear to the user as if it were provided by a single seamless repository....

Key recommendations [on integrating e-research with physical research]...

3. Developments in open access and data citation. The research culture must evolve to provide a system of academic review and credit for use and citation of all forms of research outputs and data, as well as publications, negative as well as positive results, licences, patents, software etc....

Key recommendations [on a national information infrastructure]...

4. Federated institutional repositories based in universities and colleges....

Comment.  It's important that the OSI Working Group report endorses the OA mandate adopted by the RCUK.  OSI is a branch of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which has opposed an OA mandate for the UK.  Of course there's room for slippage between the OSI e-Infrastructure Working Group and OSI itself, and again between OSI and DTI.  But at least now there's a home-grown endorsement of the RCUK policy within a DTI office.