Open Research ProgrammeA five-year programme supported by Research England, UKRN institutional members and project partners
Workstream 3: Sharing
The lead for this workstream in 2022-23 is Etienne Roesch, University of Reading.
Aim and objectives
We will enable and encourage institutions in the programme to both improve and, as far as is practical, align policies and practices supporting open research and reproducibility, by developing and deploying ways for institutions to share good practice, learn from each other, and disseminate material and case studies.
We will do this by:
- Developing or adopting tools to support communities of practice, enabling institutions to share, disseminate and reuse good practices, share resources and communicate about local developments.
- Developing, improving and deploying among programme institutions checklists/guides for implementing open research and for responsible researcher evaluation, maturity scales for diverse implementation pathways, and a self-assessment toolkit for institutions to track their progress.
- Identifying and testing a long term sustainability and business model for UKRN to continue to support the uptake of open research in the long term.
Practically, the steps we are taking are as follows:
Tools to support communities
As a first step, we have set up static web pages on the UKRN website for each participating institution, outlining their current practices to support open research, especially with respect to training, reward and recognition. We will then explore options to enable the community to share a wider range of material, including training resources and, perhaps less publicly, evaluations of practice and benchmarking.
Open and Responsible Researcher Reward and Recognition (OR4)
Our initial steps are to (i) conduct a landscape and stakeholder review and (ii) convene an advisory group including the key players such as DORA, Leiden, the LIS-Bibliometrics community, the EC, Global Research Council and UNESCO. This work is well underway. We will then build from existing work to develop a guide/checklist, maturity framework and self-assessment tool. Finally, we will develop training modules for professionals and others in institutions, and embed these in the programme’s training workstream 1.
UKRN sustainability and business model
This work has not yet started, although UKRN institutions are informally discussing some likely aspects as they review the current terms of reference.