Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Making Sense: Project Update March 2015

Open Access Base lining

Having launched CIAO - Collaborative Institutional  Assessment of Open Access in November last year, we now have evidence that a number of institutions have already used it and have fed back comments. So far there have been 193 clicks on the link to CIAO and Zoe Clark from Edge Hill University has sent this feedback:
'When I first saw CIAO I was delighted as it is just what  I needed to establish where we needed to go with OA. So it is an excellent guide in that respect as I was worried there were areas of OA I may be blissfully unaware of, so CIAO re-assured me which areas needed to be covered. I sent a copy to the Head of our Research Office, and we then met to go through it. It was a really good document to have in the meeting, as it meant we did not need to define for ourselves what we needed to do, we just needed to work through CIAO to see what progress we had already made, and what we still needed to do. It made the meeting really straightforward – and we were able to agree what progress we had already made with OA and identify areas that needed more work.'   (Zoe Clark from Edge Hill University)
Following on from this, we launched MIAO My Individual Assessement of Open access in February 2015 which is a self-assessment tool aimed at researchers so that they can gauge for themselves what they know about Open Access and how do they think their institution is supporting them with Open Access. We haven't had any feedback from this yet but there have been 93 clicks on the link.

Having a Design team available within Learning Resources has helped us immensely in creating attractive outputs. As we now have a series of outputs and there will be more then we now have some feline project branding.

Highlighting how universities work in different ways, we decided early on in the project that here at Oxford Brookes, having recently completed 90 interviews for research data management that we wouldn't conduct any more interviews straight away but both Nottingham Trent University and Portsmouth University were keen to conduct some interviews to get a sense of researcher  attitudes to open access. For Nottingham Trent, it was an opportunity for their newly formed dedicated research support team within the library to get to know their researchers and raise awareness of their services. The team  managed to conduct 50 interviews across faculties which were recorded, transcribed and are now being coded.

Learning from each other - preparing for our workshop on 20th May
At the end of last week we set aside two days to talk about our results so far and planning for the workshop on 20th May. To me this is all about the value of being part of a pathfinder project and so having the excuse of discussing with colleagues from other institutions what they are doing to support open access, why are they doing it that way and what can we learn from this. On the second day we invited Julie Bayley along from Coventry (O2OA  pathfinder) , who has extensive experience of behaviour change with health, and we are collaborating with her on 'intervention mapping for OA' which we will be sharing at the workshop.

Looking ahead
The programme for the our workshop will be announced on 20 March. Intervention mapping is being tested with Portsmouth University and coding continues at Nottingham Trent. At Oxford Brookes, the first ethnographical interview has been conducted and the feline family is expanding as we  develop our cultural probes for the longitudinal study of researcher behaviour around the publishing process.

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