Posted March 12th, 2013 by Dr Matthew Symonds
Since the publication of the Finch Report – or, to give it its full title, the Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings – British academia has been coming to terms with the Government's commitment to open access for the results of state-funded research, including research in the humanities.
We at CELL have naturally been discussing what our response should be as a community of scholars, one that is an integral part of a university that shares our commitment to taking the fullest possible part in public life. Following discussions with staff, students, colleagues, and friends, CELL is happy to announce its own unqualified support for Open Access, not only where publication is concerned, but also in making its research data and processes as accessible as possible.
Our first step will be to make freely available the datasets and XML files that underpin our project on The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley. These have always been available by request, but we will from this point on distribute them via GitHub, a method we plan to use for all research related data we own.
More details to follow, including a statement from our Director, Professor Lisa Jardine. Regular updates from CELL can also be found on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.