We're testing the feasibility of developing an open access dashboard that would visualise data collected by our OA services, and other relevant sources, in a useful and informative way.
Why we're doing this
We've learned that library administrators want to consolidate the growing amount of information concerning their open access (OA) outputs.
Our current portfolio of OA services provide information about open access publications throughout their lifecycle. Their uptake and use demonstrates a demand from institutions for data about their research output; however, users currently see them as separate sources of information. An open access dashboard would bring together information from these and other relevant sources to offer a coherent picture to librarians and other institutional stakeholders.
We also recognise a national need for integrated information and clarity on the overall progress in the take up of open access.
What we're doing
We're exploring the potential for a new service, which would bring together information from our OA services, as well as other relevant sources, together in a single place.
A partnership of Research Consulting, Pleiade Management and Consultancy and Digirati have been commissioned to assess the feasibility of an open access dashboard. We'll investigate whether there's a requirement from the sector for such a service, then develop a range of proof-of-concept interactive wireframes to illustrate how this could be developed.
Depending on the outcome of this exploratory work, we'll assess whether there is value in developing the service any further.
On an institutional level, an open access dashboard would offer a coherent picture to librarians and other stakeholders.
On a national level, bringing data about open access together into one place can provide stakeholders, including funders, with an overview of how open access is developing.
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