Open scholarship and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) scholarly practices support the efficient dissemination of knowledge to researchers, students, policy makers and to the wider public, facilitate faster scientific discovery and problem solving, and underpin the integrity of research.
Open and FAIR scholarly practices are continually innovating. This requires ongoing collaboration between libraries, funders, policy makers, publishers, and our research communities – collaboration that is facilitated by CAUL.
International Perspectives: Developing a national strategy for open research
During 2020, the need for an overarching national strategy in Australia for open research that aligns the many ongoing individual initiatives has become increasingly apparent. There are an increasing number of countries that have developed and are in the process of implementing such strategies. The Council of Australian University Librarians and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group have convened a number of webinars to explore further how an Australian national strategy might be developed. In the first webinar we heard from three individuals who have been key in the development of national strategies in their respective countries:
- Dr Pirjo-Leena Forsström (IT Centre for Science, Finland)
- Dr Patricia Clarke (HRB Open Research, Ireland)
- Professor Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman (University of Malaya)
The panel chair was Catherine Clark, Director of the Advancing Open Scholarship Program, Council of Australian University Librarians & University Librarian, Curtin University.
Developing an overarching national strategy for open research in Australia
In this second webinar run by CAUL and AOASG, the focus was on how an Australian national strategy for open research might be developed. The panel included:
- Dr Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, CSIRO and Australia's next Chief Scientist
- Professor Robyn Owens, Emeritus Professor, and former DVCR, UWA
- Ryan Winn, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Learned Academies
The Panel Chair was Dr Ginny Barbour, Director Australasian Open Access Strategy Group.
Completed Projects and Outcomes
Under the previous banner of "FAIR, affordable and open access to knowledge" the program has completed five projects focused on the issues, barriers and opportunities around open scholarship in Australia.
- The Collection and Reporting of Article Processing Charges (APCs) Information project investigated the cost of APCs to Australian universities.
- The Retaining Rights to Research Publications project investigated the best approach for researchers in Australian universities to retain (non-commercial) rights to their research publications and improve compliance with funder’s requirements.
- The Review of Australian Repository Infrastructure project investigated how repository infrastructure can improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability of Australian-funded research.
- The new Statement on Open Scholarship commits CAUL to advancing open scholarship through a range of initiatives.
- The Fair Use Advocacy project built support for a fair use copyright legislative framework in Australia.