As Ireland’s public policy objective is to transition to an Open Research ecosystem, TU Dublin is leading the way. Downloads from Arrow @TU Dublin, the University’s publicly accessible research repository, have just reached a remarkable 10 million.
Arrow holds over 15,000 individual research papers and assets, generated by TU Dublin academics and researchers since the repository was established in 2008. The contents cover a wide range of subjects, reflecting the breadth of the university’s intellectual output. Arrow is home to a number of peer-reviewed journals and also hosts online conferences.
Unlike many university research repositories, the content on Arrow has always been free to access from anywhere in the world, and the world has responded with interest. Content has been downloaded in no less than 237 countries and by individuals in 84,000 institutions.
According to Yvonne Desmond, archivist of Arrow@TU Dublin, “TU Dublin has been actively engaged in Open Research for a number of years, and our academics have always embraced the opportunity to showcase their research on a global stage. We are now in a position to launch the 3-year Open Research Pilot with a dedicated Open Research Office, representing a first for higher education in Ireland.”
TU Dublin is a member university of EUt+, the European University of Technology project supported by the EU. Following the success of Arrow, it is leading the delivery of the Open Research agenda for the EUt+ project.