Unboxing Open Scholarship

Defining Open Scholarship

Open Scholarship is the practice of research, education and knowledge exchange in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research publications, data, lab notes and other scholarly processes and works are properly and ethically managed and evaluated and, unless restricted for justifiable reasons, are freely available to all levels of society under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the work and its underlying data and methods.
Open Scholarship may also be referred to as Open Science or Open Research.

(Adapted from Foster’s Open Science definition)

Trinity Task Force on Open Scholarship

The Trinity Task Force on Open Scholarship was created by the Librarian & College Archivist and the Dean of Research with colleagues across the University. One of the first tasks is to define what is meant by Open Scholarship – is it Open Science, (in the broadest sense, incorporating all disciplines), Open Access or Citizen Science? – and work through where Trinity wants to be in this landscape, what is or will be mandatory, where to lead, where to actively follow, how best to support and help researchers etc.

There is much activity in this area. Internationally, Plan S is aimed at ‘accelerating the transition to full and immediate Open Access of Scientific Publications’. Nationally, NORF (National Open Research Forum) led by the Higher Education Authority and the Health Research Board is working towards a ‘National Statement on the Transition to an Open Research Environment’. From a European perspective, LERU (League of European Research Universities) is creating a pragmatic ‘Roadmap to Open Science’.

As part of collectively figuring this out, a series of events under the theme of ‘Unboxing Open Scholarship’ will take place over the coming months. The first will be an interactive event open to all members of the Trinity community and will take place at 12 noon, 8 February in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Please contact us at openscholarship@tcd.ie with your views and suggestions for future events.

BrowZine – our app to browse for new articles

Trying to stay on top of the mass of journal articles published in your area can be a pain. Hence the Library of Trinity College Dublin has purchased access to BrowZine, a new app to make it easier to browse our academic journals online and view the full text straightaway, no matter where you are. Currently, it offers access to around 14,500 of our academic journal subscriptions.

We think this will especially help our researchers and academic staff, but it’s available to all students and staff at the university.

Why not give it a try? Search your app store for BrowZine – it’s available for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire – or use it online at browzine.com on your computer.

Electronic Thesis Submission Now Live

Great news! Trinity’s much-anticipated electronic thesis (ethesis) submission system is now fully functioning and accepting thesis uploads from research students directly following their thesis examination process.

All newly-awarded TCD research theses will be available electronically via TARA and the Library catalogue – and, with very few exceptions, their full text will be freely and openly accessible to anyone searching the Web.

The processes around the deposit of research theses in Trinity have been automated and improved. Now that the ethesis is the agreed master copy of the thesis, once notification of its deposit is received by Academic Registry, the student’s name is immediately sent to Board and Council for approval for conferring. No more hanging around waiting, thus benefitting international students in particular.

Of course, the thesis still has to be printed as, for the time being at least, College and the Library requires the student to supply two hardbound copies. This process has also been automated. Now, at the press of a button, a student sends the ethesis to the Thesis Centre or the printer of their choice for printing. And the student no longer has to trek up to Academic Registry to hand in their hardbound copies! The Thesis Centre is delivering them directly to Academic Registry as a free, optional service.

A steady flow of ethesis deposits are expected throughout the summer, with a massive intake expected in September. For information on submitting a thesis electronically, including a demo video and step-by-step instructions, visit our Submitting Theses page.

Blackstone LaunchPad @ the Berkeley Library – Supporting Innovation

The Library of Trinity College Dublin Stock PhotographyEagle-eyed new students and visitors will have noticed the Blackstone LaunchPad space in the foyer of the Berkeley Library. The purpose of the area is to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Trinity, and act as a focal point for all student start-ups at all stages from pre-idea to revenue.

And it’s having an effect. In the annual Pitchbook Universities Report, released last week, Trinity College Dublin has ranked as number 1 in Europe for producing VC-backed entrepreneurs from our undergraduate programmes – for the second year running.

They have noted 192 entrepreneurs in this year’s report, up from 114 last year. Company count was 180 (106 last year). $2,166M capital raised ($655M last year). Trinity is the only European University listed in the top 50 worldwide!