The e-Humanities Group is part of a consortium that has been awarded an EU FP7 grant to address the challenges facing the provision of open access to research data. The project is called ‘RECODE’, and it stands for RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data inEurope. The community concerned with providing open access to research data includes several different networks, initiatives, projects and communities that are fragmented by discipline, geography, stakeholder category (publishers, academics, repositories, etc.) as well as other boundaries. Many of these organizations are addressing the barriers to open access to research data, such as stakeholder fragmentation, technical and infrastructural issues, ethical and legal issues, and state and institutional policy fragmentation. However, these organizations are often working in isolation or with limited contact with one another. RECODE will provide a space for European stakeholders in the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector to work together to provide common solutions for these issues. It will provide over-arching recommendations for a policy framework to support open access to European research data.

The RECODE partners will identify relevant stakeholders, build upon and strengthen existing stakeholder engagement mechanisms. It will conduct studies of good practice and exchange good practice principles with relevant stakeholders and institutions during networking activities.

The RECODE project will formulate recommendations for open access to research data targeted at different stakeholders and policy makers in support of the Commission’s policies. It will take account of the disciplinary and international differences in open access stakeholder ecosystems and stakeholder, institutional, funding body and governmental value chains.

The project will be led by Trilateral Research and Consultancy in London. Other partners are the University of Sheffield, the Association of European Research Libraries, the Greek National Documentation Centre, the Italian National Research Council, the Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, and Amsterdam University Press. The e-Humanities group will be responsible for analyzing institutional strategies for evaluating data to be deposited, and for analyzing barriers and good practices for providing open access to research data.

The project is due to start in March 2013. The e-Humanities Group will be looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with us on this project (details of the vacancy will be posted in due course).