Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has welcomed the launch of the National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030.
The Plan outlines objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Harris said, “open research is a priority for Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy. Open research is essential for us all to learn from each other. It improves access and transparency. It provides benefits for researchers, research communities, research institutions, governments, industry, and society more generally.”
The Plan covers the period 2022-2030, aligned with Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy, and has three broad themes:
- Establishing a culture of open research.
- Working towards 100% open access to research publications.
- Enabling FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) research data and other outputs.
The co-chairs of the Action Plan are Tim Conlon, Higher Education Authority and Patricia Clarke, Health Research Board.
They commented, “the publication of the National Action Plan for Open Research is a significant milestone in Ireland’s path towards a research system fully aligned with open research principles and practices. We thank the stakeholder representatives involved in NORF and the broader research community for their considered input and engagement in this process.”
Ireland’s National Open Research Coordinator, Dr Daniel Bangert, added, “the National Action Plan for Open Research encourages and supports the system-wide adoption of open research practices through coordinated actions that will result in greater visibility and impact for Irish research.”
“A key part of implementing the plan is an ongoing need to foster a research culture that recognises and rewards open research and its core values including quality, integrity and equity. I would like to acknowledge the many individuals and organisations that have contributed to and endorsed the National Action Plan for Open Research and I look forward to working together with all stakeholders on its implementation.”