Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Landscape in Costa Rica. Credit: N.Dappen
Landscape in Costa Rica. Credit: N.Dappen

The CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Policy was approved by the CGIAR Consortium Board in October 2013.  What this means is that any research outputs published or developed by CGIAR centres will be required to be open access from this date forward. 

So what does Open Access mean?

Open Access means the immediate, irrevocable, unrestricted and free online access by any user worldwide to information products, and unrestricted re-use of content (which could be restricted to non-commercial use and/or granted subject to appropriate licences in line with the CGIAR IA Principles), subject to proper attribution.

Bioversity International has been hard at work in attempting to adhere to the Policy, and in the last 18 months has been developing and populating new open access repositories for improved dissemination and availability of our research outputs. We currently have two repositories: one for publications, and another for our research data.

The Bioversity International publication repository is part of the CGSpace repository, and library staff have been busy migrating data over to this new platform, as well as inputting new records. Bioversity International is just one of 27 communities using/sharing this installation. The Bioversity International data repository is available as part of the Harvard Dataverse platform, and we are currently working on contacting data authors, and adding more datasets. These repositories allow us to

•       Digitally archive and showcase their intellectual output to a larger and unrestricted audience.

•       Comply with the increasing number of open access policies and funding mandates

•       Provide standardized, quality metadata about our research outputs

•       Provide long-term storage of research outputs with  permanent URLs

•       Interoperability with other information systems

•       Linkages with other research tools and platforms such as ORCID

•       Provide usage statistics

•       Linkages with other social media tools such as Twitter feeds, and RSS notifications

We have given information sessions and demonstrations on these two repositories, as well as seminars on open access, and what this means to us as an organization and as an individual researcher.

Please feel free to contact either m.garruccio(at)cgiar.org or f.giampieri(at)cgiar.org to learn more about open access, and the various options open to you when you’re considering publishing a research paper.

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