Reinvesting for Growth

Outcomes of past research surround us everywhere. The technology that runs our cars, pain-killers and other simple treatments for our ailments or the scholarship that underpins that fascinating history documentary we watch on TV; it’s hard to imagine a world without the products of research. Another example is the smartphone technology that many of us […]

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RCUK Open Access Policy – Our Preference for Gold

In this blog post I want to outline the reasons why ‘Gold’ is the preferred route for Open Access for the Research Councils. Our overall philosophy on Open Access is underpinned by four key principles, first detailed in our 2005 position statement on Access to Research Outputs.  These principles are around Accessibility, Quality, Efficiency and […]

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GTR – Dealing with the Data Challenges

At the outset of the GTR project, one of the major challenges we identified was establishing the scope of the data and the semantics of terms associated with it. A little background to the challenge In 2011, the seven Research Councils finished consolidating 5 grants transaction processing systems into a single shared solution. This has […]

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RCUK Open Access Policy – When to go Green and When to go Gold

Yesterday I took part in the Imperial College Science Communication Forum event ‘discussing’ the new RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs with Stephen Curry (Imperial College) and Richard Van Noorden (Nature News) – though after two hours under the spotlight, for me it felt a little more like a ‘grilling’ than a discussion 😉  […]

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RCUK celebrated five years of UK-China research success

By Dr Alicia Greated, Director RCUK China. This week over 100 UK and Chinese delegates attended the event ‘RCUK China – Five Years and Beyond’ in Beijing, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of RCUK China. Delegates heard about current successful RCUK-China collaborations and contributed to discussions to scope future areas for collaborative RCUK-China activity. A […]

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The benefits of Open Access

Astrid Wissenburg, Deputy Chair of RCUK Impact Group and RCUK representative on the Finch Group, and Mark Thorley, Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network, explain why open access is so high up the agenda for Research Councils. Just over a month ago Research Councils UK launched a new Open Access policy. One of the […]

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JISC and Research Councils UK work to reduce reporting burden on universities

Matt Jukes, MRC Digital Communication Manager – JISC have just published a blogpost outlining joint activity between them and us here at the Research Councils that is of particular interest to anyone following the Gateway to Research project. Rather than reproduce it here I recommend you check it out over on the JISC blog. There […]

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The GTR technical approach

Paul Chitson, BBSRC Head of Information Services – The GtR technical team have started the process of pulling together data from various Research Council funded projects and building a technology platform through which to make it available to a wide variety of audiences. The project is being managed and delivered within an Agile framework, perhaps […]

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