opeNWorks Project Update

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The early months of the opeNWorks project have been spent coordinating the project and partners, with a meeting in July in Manchester. We agreed a consistent approach to our 2013/14 case study reports, which we are all due to complete by the end of October (well done to Martin Wolf and Zoe Clarke in the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores Universities respectively for getting theirs submitted well ahead of the deadline!).

Dates… dates… dates…

We have been working to finalise the dates for our upcoming workshop, which had been planned for November. We discovered the November is proving to be especially busy with the RLUK conference,  and the  UKSG  Research day conference, so we have shifted our workshop: Finding our way after Finch: lessons learned and where they lead to Friday 5th December. The workshop will be held in the University of Manchester Library, and registration will open in early October.  It’s been a busy time for all the partners, preparing evidence for Research Councils UK compliance monitoring and the review of the Open Access policy. We will share our experiences, prsiotive and negative, at the workshop to establish good practice and save time next year when we need to do it all again!

Helen Dobson, our Project Officer has been researching KeyNote speakers and availability, venues and dates for our 2015 opeNWorks Conference, and we hope to be able to announce the date very soon. Anyone with experience of UK Higher Education knows that July and particularly August are difficult months to get people together, and to make decisions which depend on an a number of people, but now that term time has begun for most of us we can move forward apace. We are sure this will be a very important date in the OAGP calendar.

Our next update will be in December, when we will share our 2013/14 Case study report and the outputs from our November workshop.

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