Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research: Advancing Open Science and Public Access to Research

Posted by Michelle Doran

21 November 2022

Today (21 November 2022), Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030 was launched at an event hosted by the National Open Research Forum (NORF). The National Action Plan outlines objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research. The plan was prepared by NORF and supports national strategic priorities for research and innovation under Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy.

Open research, also known as open science, is an approach to research based on open cooperative work, tools, and knowledge sharing, for the benefit of science and society. Open research practices make research processes and their outputs available to the widest possible audience and aim to enhance the quality, efficiency, and impact of research.

The National Action Plan for Open Research serves as a roadmap for the implementation of open research across Ireland and is structured according to three broad themes:

  • Establishing a culture of open research
  • Achieving 100% open access to research publications
  • Enabling FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) research data and other outputs

Today’s launch event included introductory remarks by NORF Co-Chair Tim Conlon (Higher Education Authority), a summary of the National Action Plan by Dr Daniel Bangert, Ireland’s National Open Research Coordinator, and presentations from six projects funded by NORF to deliver priority actions for 2022-2024.

The National Action Plan builds on the 2019 publication of Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment and is aligned with policy recommendations from organisations including the European Commission and UNESCO. The Plan strengthens national commitments to open research, including Ireland’s contribution to the European Research Area (ERA) Policy Agenda and the ERA priority action to enable the open sharing of knowledge and the re-use of research outputs.

The National Action Plan and a list of endorsing organisations is available on the NORF website:

Further information and related news:

Press release from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

You can view the event recording and slides on the event page. Alternatively, you can watch the event on the NORF Vimeo Showcase and view the slides on our Slideshare Account.

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