I promised an update from the Open Access Working Group meeting that was held yesterday.
A reminder that the main current thrust of the group is to produce a data profile for open access. That is a standard national data dictionary defining terms used for open access such as acceptance date, licence type or embargo. Inputs include funder requirements such as RCUK, Research Excellence Framework (REF) and European Union funding requirements as well as institutional requirements and specifications designed for commercial and non-commercial information systems.
The work is ongoing but it is hoped that by the end of March (now April) the first draft of the profile will be shared widely for comment. This will include many fields and particularly those entities required for RCUK compliance. The plan then is to iterate checking the profile against REF and other definitions of fields to make it as comprehensive as possible.