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Strengthening institutional open research ecosystems with repositories

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16th May 2024 | 2:00pm BST
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Institutional repositories are an integral part of the research management infrastructure at institutions. They offer library teams a tangible framework to support their researchers with the growing demand for research to be made more open, discoverable, accessible and transparent. Proficient and reliable infrastructure is crucial to ensuring the effective sharing, showcasing and management of institutional research outputs.

As these systems evolve, there is value to be extracted through the potential and power of integrations and cross-campus collaborations. Integrating different systems with and feeding information to other sources from repositories further enables universities to consolidate their data, discover powerful insights and be well-prepared for assessment exercises.

This webinar, held in partnership between Times Higher Education and Digital Science, will bring together a panel of experts from industry and academia to discuss how institutions can harness the potential of repositories and their wider research management infrastructure to provide a fuller picture of their institutional research output and evaluate how they measure up to open research goals and standards.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Addressing the complexities faced by institutions in managing open research
  • The role of repositories in maximising the value of open research infrastructure
  • Enhancing reporting capabilities through interconnectivity and integrations
  • How reliable open research infrastructure helps to ensure compliance with the FAIR principles and open access policies from funders and publishers


Mark Hahnel

VP, Open Research, Digital Science and Founder of Figshare

Mark is the vice-president of open research at Digital Science. He is the founder of Figshare, which he created whilst completing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Figshare currently provides research data infrastructure for institutions, publishers and funders globally.  

Claire Turner

SVP, Commercial, Digital Science

Claire is interested in supporting research organisations with tools and infrastructure to reduce the admin burden of managing and sharing research and outputs. Her background is in Open Access publishing, and supporting research organisations with their own paths to supporting Open Access is something she enjoys and takes pride in.

Stuart Humphries

Dean of Research Environment, University of Lincoln

Stuart is the dean of research environment and a professor of evolutionary biophysics at the University and a Professor of Evolutionary Biophysics. He is the founding director of the Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies. 

Andrew Stewart

Institutional Lead for Open and Reproducible Research, University of Manchester

Andrew is a cognitive scientist at the University of Manchester interested in conditionals, experimental pragmatics, data visualisation, open science and reproducible research. He is the institutional lead for open and reproducible research.  

James A J Wilson

Head of Research Data Services, University College London

James is the head of research data services at UCL and the head of profession for research data stewardship. He is a co-chair of the Research Data Alliance’s interest group on data architectures for research institutions and has been working in the field of data management for over 14 years.

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