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Lero Open Science Charter – Mariana Clohessy, LERO, Martina Prendergast and LERO and Daniel Bangert, Digital Repository of Ireland pictured above. Picture: Brian Arthur.

Lero’s overall vision is to establish Ireland as a location synonymous with high-quality software research and development

Lero becomes first SFI Research Centre to publish LERO Open Science Charter
Mariana Clohessy, LERO, Daniel Bangert, Digital Repository of Ireland, Brian Fitzgerald, LERO Director and Patrick Heay, UL. Picture: Brian Arthur.

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software headquartered at University of Limerick, launched the Lero Open Science Charter which promotes making research openly available to all. The new charter will lead to increased visibility for researchers, greater opportunities for collaboration, and greater transparency in the research process. 

At the launch in UL, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Lero said, “Lero is committed to Ireland’s goal of ensuring that all scholarly publications resulting from publicly funded research are openly available.

“Open Science practices, which optimise access to research, are integral to Lero so we can collaborate and contribute, where research data, relevant software and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods,” he added.

Launching the Lero Open Science Charter, Dr Daniel Bangert, Ireland’s National Open Research Coordinator said, “Lero’s Open Science Charter is a welcome demonstration of leadership and commitment to Open Science and the principle of sharing research for the benefit of science and society.”

“It is well aligned with the international movement towards Open Science and national objectives developed by Ireland’s National Open Research Forum. Lero’s Charter outlines centre-wide strategies and incentives for Open Science and these practical commitments will make a valuable contribution to the national agenda.”

Lero’s Open Science Charter is the first to be published by a Science Foundation Ireland research centre. It is formulated in line with the EU’s Open Science policy which identifies several Open Science ambitions, including:

–    FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable data) and open data sharing is the default approach at Lero for the results of EU-funded scientific research.

–  Lero will align its sharing strategies with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) platform as it becomes available. This federated ecosystem of research data infrastructures enables the scientific community to share and process publicly funded research results and data.

–  All peer-reviewed scientific publications should be freely accessible, and the early sharing of different research outputs should be encouraged.

– Research career evaluation systems should fully acknowledge Open Science activities.

– Citizen Science, the public should be able to make significant contributions and be recognised as valid European science knowledge producers. 

Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, brings together expert software teams from universities and institutes of technology across Ireland in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero’s research spans a wide range of application domains from driverless cars to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, GovTech, smart communities, AgTech and HealthTech.

Hosted by University of Limerick, Lero’s academic partners include Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Maynooth University, University of Galway, University College Cork, Munster Technological University, Technological University of the Shannon (TUS: Midlands Midwest), Southeast Technological University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Atlantic Technological University.

Lero’s overall vision is to establish Ireland as a location synonymous with high-quality software research and development, to the extent that ‘Irish software’ can enter the lexicon in the same way as ‘German automotive’ or ‘Scandinavian design.’

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