Conference Agenda

General track 13: Evaluation and assessment
Thursday, 29/Jun/2017:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Sandra Lee Jeffries, University of the Sunshine Coast
Location: Ballroom A
Hilton Brisbane

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Cambridge’s journey towards Open Access: what we’ve learnt

Arthur Smith

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

This presentation discusses the open agenda supported by funder policies in the United Kingdom (UK), how these policies interact with one another and the resulting implications for higher education institutions using the case study of the University of Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge has responded to the challenges of open research by founding the Office of Scholarly Communication and dedicating specialized teams to manage compliance with both Open Access and research data requirements. Since 2013 the Open Access Service has processed over 10,000 article submissions and spent more than £5 million on article processing charges. The experiences at Cambridge in responding to these challenges are an important lesson for anyone engaged in open research.

This talk offers some insights into a potential way to manage funder mandates, but also acts as a cautionary tale for other countries and institutions considering introducing mandates around Open Access and what the implementation of certain policies might entail. The skills around management of open policies are significantly different to traditional library activity, and this has implications for training and recruitment of staff.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Open Access policy 3 years in, has researcher behaviour changed?

Avonne Newton, Kate Sergeant

University of South Australia, Australia

UniSA launched its Open Access Policy in OA week 2013, coming into effect in 2014. The policy seeks to help researchers meet funder Open Access policies as well as strongly encourage and support open scholarship generally.

The policy requires researchers to deposit their accepted manuscript within one month of acceptance for publication. Initial steps to support the policy included having a research librarian dedicated to communication, along with repository staff routinely requesting accepted manuscripts by email after their research output was reported. Since 2014 under the mantra of ‘enter once, reuse often’, we have enacted system developments and workflow improvements which have made it easier for researchers to not just report their research, but deposit and make available open access versions of their outputs in the repository.

3 years in, we have a clear trend of increased compliance with OA policy with more UniSA research available on open access. This presentation will describe the OA policy, the service improvements made to support its success as well as highlight the outcomes. We will show that the right incentives and an easy to use service can influence researcher behaviour positively.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Self-Auditing as a Trusted Digital Repository – evaluating the Australian Data Archive as a trusted repository for Australian social science

Steven McEachern, Heather Leasor

Australian National University, Australia

This paper presents an overview of the recently established WDS-DSA standard for the accreditation of trusted digital repositories. It provides an overview of the recent project of the Australian Data Archive, funded by the Australian National Data Service, to self-audit against the standard, assess the results of the audit and implement service and policy improvements, and an assessment of the standard’s relevance for the evaluation of digital repositories in Australia.