Metadata 2020: a community collaboration to advance metadata for scholarly communications

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2018 by steve

“Metadata 2020 is a collaboration of scholarly communications stakeholders working towards richer, connected, reusable, and open metadata for all research outputs. Clare Dean explains what the collaboration’s goals are, what common problems and opportunities for progress have already been identified, and how these are being addressed by six main projects. These include improved communications with researchers on the importance and uses of metadata, more clearly defined and better understood terminologies around metadata, and the sharing of best practices, principles, and guidelines …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 8 August]

Majority of students ‘do not think 12 pints makes a person unable to give consent’

Posted in Life, Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of students do not think 28 standard drinks makes a person too drunk to give sexual consent, a study has found. As part of a number of investigations into sexual consent among third level students, researchers at NUI Galway carried out an online survey of 753 participants, who were shown two versions of a scenario in which two students go home together after a night out …” (more)

[Dean Ruxton, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Denialism on the Rocks: It Just Got a Lot Harder to Pretend that Predatory Publishing Doesn’t Matter

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

“If you don’t want predatory publishing to tarnish the open access (OA) movement, you basically have two choices: an easy but ineffective one, and a difficult but more effective one. The easy but ineffective strategy is to deny that predatory publishing is a real issue and try to stop people talking about it … ” (more)

[Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 August]

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Lawless urges Government to commit to CERN membership

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to begin the process of joining CERN. Deputy Lawless made the comments after meeting with CERN Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis in Dublin earlier today …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 July]

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DCU announces Ireland’s first open access university press

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2018 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced the launch of DCU Press, Ireland’s first open access university press. DCU Press aims to increase barrier-free access to university related publications. DCU Press is set to make university research available to the public without paywalls or subscriptions …” (more)

[Thomas O’Reilly, Trinity News, 24 July]

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Trump and Brexit could lure more scientists to Ireland, says research chief

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“Uncertainty in the UK and US scientific communities because of combined effects of Brexit and Donald Trump’s controversial policies could provide Ireland with a competitive advantage, according to the director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Science Foundation Ireland invests €173m in research projects

Posted in Research on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said it invested €173 million in research programmes last year and supported over 1,500 industry collaborations, its annual report shows. The organisation said research programmes it backed generated €116 million in non-exchequer funding …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Dr Tara Shine: ‘The scientific world is simply not designed for women’

Posted in Research on July 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘The scientific world is simply not designed for women’, declares Dr Tara Shine. The environment and development consultant is travelling to Antarctica in January 2019 as part of a global leadership programme for women scientists called Homeward Bound, which has the evocative tag line ‘Mother Nature needs her daughters’ …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Higher education and funding research

Posted in Research on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – Our underfunded higher education and research system is once again in the spotlight, with the publication of the QS Rankings showing most Irish universities falling in the league tables. Major criticisms still remain regarding the enforced research priorities established during austerity and a lack of funding for ‘blue-skies’ research since 2008. However, change is happening …” (more)

[Emma Teeling and 29 others, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Two in five college students believe drunk sex is ‘normal and harmless’

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2018 by steve

“A landmark report on sexual consent among university students will lay bare the huge pressure on young people attending third level education institutions. The nationwide survey of college students will highlight the impact of binge drinking and pornography on the sexual behaviour of young people when they leave their family homes …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 8 July]

Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Maurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for Science Foundation Ireland for 2016, 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Kennedy Summer School – Round Table Discussion on the Future of Higher Education – New Ross, 6 September

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandA high quality, responsive higher education system is crucial to delivering on our national ambitions for our economy and quality of life. As the new academic year begins, the Kennedy Summer School has gathered some of Ireland’s leading education professionals to examine the key challenges and opportunities facing our third-level institutions.

The Roundtable will be chaired by Professor Tom Collins. Participants will include: Professor Richard Aldous (Bard College, New York), Peter Cassells (Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education), Professor Mary Daly (President, Royal Irish Academy), Professor Richard Hayes (Vice President for Strategy, Waterford Institute of Technology), Professor Brian MacCraith (President, Dublin City University), and Professor Kerstin Mey (Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, University of Limerick).

This is a free event but places are limited and MUST be booked in advance. To reserve a space on a first come basis, email to receive confirmation of ticket allocation.

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How to improve your chances with a Horizon 2020 bid

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Given the high failure rate of applications for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has, in collaboration with the EU Office at the University of Copenhagen and the Research Support Office at Aarhus University …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 June]

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Will Europe Lead a Global Flip to Open Access?

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“From a distance, you might think that journal publishers should be celebrating their success in Europe. They are being offered the open access (OA) crown, locking in OA contracts and article flows. But, European policy targets are adding complexity …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 26 June]

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Will Horizon Europe be more open to the world?

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission’s draft proposal for the European Union’s research programme for 2021-28, Horizon Europe, has been heralded by some stakeholders for adding a rule change on third-party participation that could pave the way for more countries from across the world to join the programme …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 22 June]

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Gender Balance – SFI

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Fiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress in achieving more gender balance in funded research under Science Foundation Ireland’s Agenda 2020 strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Unhelpful, caustic and slow: the academic community should rethink the way publications are reviewed

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2018 by steve

“The current review system for many academic articles is flawed, hindering the publication of excellent, timely research. There is a lack of education for peer reviewers, either during PhD programmes or from journal publishers, and the lack of incentives to review compounds the problem. Thomas Wagenknecht offers up some solutions to the current system …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 22 June]

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Universities demand hike in EU research funding

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2018 by steve

“In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, 14 European associations of universities released a joint statement on Friday calling upon the European Union institutions to double the budget for Horizon Europe, improve its content and reconsider the budget distribution over the different pillars of the programme …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 15 June]

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Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has tasked NUI Galway to undertake a comprehensive survey of students, welfare officers and HE personnel, on how they are promoting and protecting students’ mental health

Posted in Research on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“While attending the Mindful Way Conference at NUI Galway the Minister announced the Department of Education and Skills is to fund an important new wellbeing and mental health self-review survey tool on best practice and initiatives from across Higher Education in this critical area of healthcare …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 June]

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Open access – are we almost there for REF?

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“A report published today by Research England (on behalf of the research councils, Jisc and Wellcome) shows that UK universities are working hard to ensure that they are compliant with funders’ open access policies. The support from authors, professional services staff and academic libraries has been crucial in implementing open access …” (more)

[David Sweeney, Wonkhe, 14 June]

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