“If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It – Open Access and Your Research” Evening & Reception

Paccar Theatre
Science Gallery Dublin
Pearse Street
Wednesday 22 March 2017
17:30 – 19:00
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The Library of Trinity College Dublin together with the Graduate Students’ Union and Science Gallery Dublin are delighted to present an evening celebrating Trinity research during Postgrad Week 2017.

The evening will begin with the Librarian and College Archivist, Helen Shenton, launching a new online resource. During 2016 the Library has digitised over 2,000 Ph.D. theses and has been making them available to the world on an open access basis via TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive), unlocking a wealth of research.

A panel of experts will then discuss the different aspects of Open Access: the implications of OA publishing for privacy, data protection and intellectual property; the new EU mandate regarding research data; the benefits and dilemmas for early-career researchers; the Library’s role in supporting authors; institutional repositories and data storage.

Not to be missed if you have intentions of being published any time soon or unsure what Open Access means for you.


Draft Programme:

Venue: Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

17:30 Launch: Digitised Theses in Trinity’s institutional repository, TARA

18:00 Panel Discussion: “Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access Publishing”

19:15: Wine Reception

Speaker Bios:

Introduction: Helen Shenton – In June 2014 Helen Shenton became the newly appointed Trinity College Dublin Librarian and College Archivist. Helen joined Trinity from Harvard where she oversaw the bringing together of the services of 73 separate libraries. Prior to Harvard, Helen worked at the British Library where she led the care of the UK’s national documentary heritage collection and the national printed archive. That position followed the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she had responsibility for the conservation and care of the world’s finest decorative arts collections and was deeply involved with major exhibitions at home and abroad.

Chair: Professor Neville Cox – Neville Cox is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Law School. He is the author of Blasphemy and the Law (1999); Sport and the Law (2004), Defamation Law in Ireland (2007), Employment Law (2009) and Defamation Law and Practice (2014). His current area of research focuses on the interplay between Islamic (Shari’a) law and Human Rights.

Panellist: Professor Eoin O’Dell – Dr Eoin O’Dell is an Associate Professor of Law and Chair of the Fellows in Trinity College Dublin. He researches and publishes primarily in the fields of freedom of expression, and private and commercial law (including IP, IT and cyberlaw). He has been President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, a Member of the Council and Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars in the UK and Ireland, and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal. Professor O’Dell will speak about data protection & copyright within open access.

Panellist: Dr Geoffrey Bradley – Former Vice President of the GSU, Dr. Bradley is now Head of IT Operations and Academic Services in TCD. Geoff is responsible for orchestrating and overseeing the planning, implementation, delivery, improvement and disaster recovery of all central IT infrastructure services in Trinity College Dublin. He will focus on open research data management and handling.

Panellist: Ms Niamh Brennan – Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager for Research Informatics in TCD where she works on the development of Trinity’s Research Support System and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity’s Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland’s National Steering Group on Open Access Policy, DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), and is Principle Investigator for OpenAIRE2020 (The European Commission’s Open Access Infrastructure for Europe). Niamh will speak about the open access policies from funders and institutions, and how to easily comply with them while maximising your research impact.