We are pleased to introduce the Spring Update from the OA Good Practice Pathfinder projects which will aim to share with you how the projects are progressing but crucially, what you can take away and use to enable better OA implementation within your own institution.
With the date at which HEFCE’s policy on open access in the next REF comes into force just under a year away now (1st April 2016), how institutions scope, implement, evaluate and most importantly, share good practice for OA implementation is becoming ever more important and pressing. However, whilst there remains no one standardised approach that will act as a panacea, work from the Pathfinders and Jisc is progressing to steadily chip away at clarifying and offering solutions to parts of the complex OA implementation puzzle, for example, around metadata and standards or cost management.
In this edition, we have brought together the work of the OA Good Practice Pathfinder and the work of the Jisc OA projects/ services under relevant themes/ headings so that it is easier to see how they are addressing key areas of concern around OA implementation. We have also developed an ‘at a glance’ timeline so that you can see what to expect to from the Pathfinders and Jisc over the next few months.
Most of the Jisc OA projects/ services outlined here were presented in more detail at the very successful, Jisc Digifest, and regular updates are posted on the Jisc Scholarly Communications blog. However, we have taken the opportunity in this edition to include a special feature on the developments and outputs of the Jisc Monitor project.
As always this update, along with the Pathfinder workshops and online interactions, is an essential way to share the findings of the Pathfinder projects so that the wider sector can benefit from lessons learnt and the practical outputs from the initiative. We are always interested in your feedback though, so don’t hesitate to get in touch via the OA Good Practice Blog (https://openaccess.jiscinvolve.org) Twitter (@OA_GoodPractice) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download the Spring OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update