The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) says that 2016 has been declared a year of e-research and open access.
This is contained a New Year message by the management of the agricultural research Institute and published in its recent bulletin issue.
According to IITA, the move will see scientific papers and articles from the Institute’s research becoming fully published online, unrestricted, and available for free reuse, but with due acknowledgement by the general public.
IITA’s e-research will provide a forum for researchers to network, collaborate, and share ideas and research findings, according to the agric body.
Open Access (OA), on the other hand, provides online repositories that can harvest data from very distributed sources, making such data much more discoverable and more easily accessible to the public.
Martin Mueller, IITA’s E-Research Coordinator, said that “the idea of the OA year was conceived because of the ambitious agenda of the Institute in implementing the overall OA plan, research data management action work plan, and the general E-Research plan with its priority issues.”
The management of the Institute further revealed that the IITA had earlier switched to OA on CGSpace last year. At the moment, the “space” already hosts nearly 50,000 documented agricultural research outputs and results produced by the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres and their partners. CIGAR has also developed a set of OA and data management implementation guidelines and policy.
Other plans in this regard also include the launch of procedural guidelines in information and data management, SharePoint deployment, risk assessment, and setting up an information and data management unit, IITA revealed.