On a sunny Manchester day representatives from all the opeNWorks institutions met up to agree our action plan, allocate tasks and most importantly get to know each other. After all one of our project aims is to build a community of practice, and communities are quicker built face to face than over Skype. With the University of Manchester graduation jazz band serenading our meeting, we got down to work.
We started by reflecting on why we had all got involved in the project, considering our own hopes and expectations, as well as the expectations of our institutions. Our hopes were of building a strong community, and easing the burden of compliance. Our main fear was of overlap with other Pathfinder projects, so communication with the projects and Jisc will be essential to avoid this.
Although activity concerned with the RCUK Policy on Open Access and the Wellcome Trust policy differs greatly amongst our institutions, the new HEFCE policy is high on the agenda for us all. The renewed interest in Green Open Access which the policy has brought will influence our project and its outputs.
Our first planned output is a case study of Open Access work in the academic year 2013/14, so the majority of our meeting was spend considering the data and narrative that would be useful to include in this document, and how it was best structured. Our next task is to go back to our institutions and gather data before out next meeting in Edge Hill University.
We agreed to move our project meetings around our five institutions, so expect more pictures of sunny Liverpool, Salford and Ormskirk soon.