Research Associate – Open Access Repositories, University of Galway Library (University of Galway 328-22). End of play: Jan 09, 2023

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a two-year full-time fixed term research project position as a national Open Access Repositories Project Manager (Research Associate) with the Library at the University of Galway.


This position is funded by the National Open Research Forum (NORF) and is available from December 2022. The Library is seeking to recruit a Project Manager for a two-year funded research project led by the University of Galway with multiple national partners.  The University of Galway Library as the lead applicant in national partnership has been fortunate to receive funding from Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) to deliver one of the six priority actions in the National Action Plan for Open Research. The National Action Plan outlines objectives for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research, including actions for

  1. National Open Access Monitoring
  2. Open Access repository assessment and alignment
  3. Open Access transition programme
  4. Open Research training programme
  5. National data stewardship network
  6. Shared data storage service pilot


The project manager role will manage and conduct work for action area 2: Open Access repository assessment and alignment. This work will conduct a national programme of open access repository assessment and alignment to deliver standardised metadata nationally while in line with international best practices. 

The University of Galway Library is working 13 national partners on this two-year project. The partners are the University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Marine Institute, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast, Atlantic Technological University, SETU Carlow Campus, Teagasc, Health Library Ireland, Health Service Executive, and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. 


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Located in the Library’s Open and Digital Research Department, the postholder will work with national partners, relevant stakeholders, and international best practice to ensure the successful delivery of the two-year project by managing all aspects of the project to conduct audit work, agree a national standard, manage a pilot, manage work on a feasibility study for bulk import of fulltext and metadata from commercial publishers and other sources of content, and finally to help develop, agree, and publish a national roadmap. The role reports monthly to a project board, chaired by the project lead, and manages the work of a national project working group. The project board provides expertise, strategy, direction, and makes decisions. The project working group works and advises on workflow, metadata, and technology. The main purpose of the role is to manage the project. 


The person appointed will join the national effort to deliver objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research. It builds on several national policies and international recommendations, including the National Principles on Open Access (2012), the European Commission Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information (2018), the National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment (2019), and the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (2021). The process of developing a National Action Plan has been led by Ireland’s National Open Research Forum, a broad group that combines the expertise of representatives from policy, research funding, research performing, the library sector, research infrastructures, enterprise and other key stakeholders in the research system across Ireland. During a planning exercise conducted in 2021, NORF Working Groups and Coordination Groups analysed the landscape of open research support structures in Ireland and developed recommendations for nationally coordinated actions that would improve support for open research and assist researchers in navigating this transition. NORF’s analyses have been published in a National Open Research Landscape Report and series of policy briefs that provide background and further details on the actions described in this plan. 


The Open Access Repositories Project Manager will manage this two-year NORF-funded project.  S/he will conduct research and project work to audit the Irish Open Access (OA) repository landscape; work with national experts, stakeholders, and repository staff


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Date tagged:

12/16/2022, 18:21

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12/16/2022, 13:21