Research Publication and Dissemination - The Future?, January 10, 2008

Research Publication and Dissemination - the Future?
Thursday 10th January 2008


Keynote speaker 1: Scholarly research publication and dissemination in transition – then and now.
Professor Frank Gannon: Director General of Science Foundation Ireland. 

Keynote speaker 2: New horizons in scholarly publication: the humanities & social sciences
Professor Nicholas Canny, Vice President for Research, National University of Ireland, Galway

Publication and Performance: The Impact Factor Imperative???
Patricia Brennan, Manager of Product Development Thomson Scientific.

Performance measurement and outcomes assessment are increasingly dominant in all aspects of the academic enterprise though also one where few guidelines, standards, or best practices exist. Indeed approaches to performance measurement vary by discipline, type of institution, and across geographic boundaries. This presentation will outline some of the current factors at play in the academic evaluation market worldwide, explore the evolution of the ISI Citation Databases and their use in evaluating the impact and of outputs of authors, institutions, and nations, and look at some trend and comparative data based on Ireland’s research publications.

A publishers perspective:
David Hoole, Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing, Nature Publishing Group (UK).

David Hoole will review the latest developments in the Open Access debate, including recent legislation in the US & EU initiatives, from the perspective of a commercial publisher; Nature Publishing Group.  

A funders perspective:
Mr Martin Hynes, Executive Director, the Irish Research Council for Science,  Engineering and Technology [IRCSET].

An institutional perspective: increasing the University’s research impact and benefiting the researcher through Open Access and integrated research information systems.    
Ms Niamh Brennan, Programme Manager, Research Information Systems & Services, Trinity College Dublin.

• Joining the Dots: local integration, national federation, international impact
• Access = Impact: the institutional repository, the researcher, the harvesting environment and the 'Google Factor'
• Project initiatives at TCD & beyond: TARA, TCD-RSS, IREL-Open, DRIVER2
• Strategic research analysis: the National Citation Report and related tools.
• eResearch: challenges and opportunities for the dissemination of research.

Facilitating access & dissemination of research: the role of the academic library
Robin Adams, Chair of Irish Universities Association Librarians Group.

Changes in the model of publishing and distribution of academic research, together with the heightened profile of research are providing opportunities for the academic library to play a more dynamic part in the research process. The new environment requires the Library to maintain its traditional functions of acquisition, organisation and dissemination of information in all formats while becoming actively involved in presenting, formatting and adding value to research publications and in creating new resources.  Initiatives such as the IReL e-journals service and the development of the Open Access Institutional Repositories via the National Research Portal are examples of the ability of academic libraries to become an active partner in the process.

Research publication and enabling technologies for improved communication
Professor Stefan Decker, Director, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway.

While the amount of information not only scientists need to manage, share and integrate increases steadily, the means to organize and share information largely remained the same and are insufficient to manage the available information effectively.
In my talk I will present emerging ways which are aiming at changing the situation, emerging out of the Semantic Web work conducted at DERI Galway, an SFI CSET.

A research topic within DERI is Semantic Publishing. Here technologies for combining machine readable data with conventional academic publication have been investigated. Promising results are calling for a larger case study together with the biomedical community, possibly resulting in a much more rapid deployment of scientific research results.   A related topic the Semantic Desktop - a European initiative created by DERI to create and implement new solutions to for organising and sharing information. The created infrastructure is implemented as part of the Linux Desktop and will be available for millions of users worldwide.   Both technologies have the potential to radically change the way how scientists interact with information, reducing the effort that is currently necessary.