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Ireland’s national ambitions for open research have been outlined in the National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment (2019).

The National Framework consists of 28 objectives across five strategic areas:

  • Open access to research publications;
  • Enabling FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) research data;
  • Infrastructures for access to and preservation of research;
  • Skills and competencies;
  • Incentives and rewards.

The National Open Research Forum (NORF) was established in 2017 to drive the Irish agenda for open research. NORF prepared Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment, launched by the Government of Ireland in July 2019. The role of NORF is to propose national actions to address the challenges of changing the Irish research system to strengthen, promote or better support open research practices as outlined in the National Framework.

Over 2021-22, NORF developed a broadly supported National Action Plan for Open Research including priority actions funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The plan was published in November 2022 and will serve “as a roadmap for the implementation of open research across Ireland, outlining national goals and coordinated actions that will assist the research system as a whole to better support open research practices”.

On 28/09/2022 the first EOSC national tripartite event (NTE) took place in Dublin. Following this NTE an informal forum was setup, called EOSC-Ireland. It has no funding but acts as an informal national structure. It is used as a means to co-ordinate between EOSC and national stakeholders. Several webinars have been set up to gather input for the consultation on the multi-annual roadmap (MAR) or where for example the EOSC-A task forces have presented their work. The second NTE in Dublin was part of the National Open Research festival and took place on 02/11/2023.

National Events


At national level, Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment and National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030 both reference the European Open Science Cloud. The national action plan includes Action 5.5, Strengthen connections to international infrastructures supporting open research and research data, including the EOSC; and Action 5.2, Support national services for storing, managing, sharing and preserving research data, including the development of national services enabling EOSC. The plan also highlights its alignment with ERA Action 1: Enable Open Science, including through EOSC.

National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030

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EOSC in Practice

Embracing the principles of transparency, reproducibility, and accessibility, these examples highlight the innovative approaches adopted by researchers across various disciplines. From open data sharing and collaborative platforms to pre-registration and open peer review, these practices enhance scientific integrity and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.


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    Roberto Sabatino

    Roberto Sabatino, Research Engagement Officer at HEAnet, spoke with EOSC-A at the 6th General Assembly in May 2023, in Brussels.
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    NTE Ireland 2023

    03 November 2023, Dublin
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    NTE Ireland 2022

    28 September 2022