Digital Projects drop-ins & coffee afternoons

Are you thinking of developing a digital project using library collections? Do you have questions about getting it funded, what approach to take, or what might be possible?

Do you want to know more about depositing your work or searching the Oxford University Research and Data Archives (ORA)?

This term we will be holding regular drop-in surgeries again in the Weston Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Digital project & ORA drop-ins

From Monday 12 October, you are invited to drop by to discuss projects or research using the Bodleian Libraries’ digital or digitized collections, between 9.30 and 11.30 every Monday this term.

From 11.30 to 13.30 on Mondays, you will then find experts on the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) and ORA Data, who can answer questions about depositing your work or research using the Data and Research Archives.

More details:

Digital coffee afternoons

From Monday of 2nd Week, you are warmly invited to join us for coffee to talk with colleagues working digitally with the Bodleian’s collections. The Centre for the Study of the Book has kindly lent us the Visiting Scholars’ Centre for our coffee afternoons. Please come along!

More details:

Open Access ‘FOSTER’ event – Tue 21 April 2015

OA Foster event - posterFOSTER PROJECT 2020 Vision : Making your research output compliant

21st April 2015, Keble College, University of Oxford

Full event programme available

This event is free and lunch will be provided. Places are limited, please book online.

This event is designed to update graduate students and researchers at Oxford on Open Access (OA) Policy requirements and expectations with special emphasis on the practical implications for researchers. The intention is to provide information about OA Policies, how to make research compliant, and how to meet REF 2020 requirements.

The programme will include:

  • Keynote presentations from representatives of HEFCE and HORIZON 2020
  • Updates on University OA implementation policy, projects and services created by libraries and academic services
  • Presentations about institutional repositories – Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and ORA-data
  • An insight into open access academic repositories – Zenodo, Europe PubMed Central and arXiv
  • Q&A sessions will provide practical advice on how to make publications freely available

For enquiries about the event please contact

The event is supported by a grant from the FOSTER project


Open Access Monographs: Oxford forum, 18/06/14

On Wednesday 18th June, there will be an opportunity for Oxford academics and researchers to debate the issues around scholarly monographs and Open Access. Both publishers and funders will be in attendance, with speakers including Geoffrey Crossick (HEFCE project, Chair), Cecy Marden (Wellcome Trust), Frances Pinter (Knowledge Unlatched) and Rhodri Jackson (OUP; OAPEN-UK project). At the end of the forum there will be a Questions and Answers panel joined by Sally Rumsey (Oxford Research Archive), which should provide for further discussion of the current challenges and initiatives in Open Access monograph publishing. It is anticipated that the dialogue of the forum will feed into HEFCE’s Monographs and Open Access project.

The event will be held at the Radcliffe Humanities Lecture Room between 2-5:30pm. All are welcome, but booking is advised. For further details on the forum and securing your place, see the poster below or visit

OA monographs A4 Jun 2014


Open Access Oxford – Talks, workshops and surgeries for Open Access week

Open Access week Oxford Oct 2013Bodleian Libraries will be running a programme of Open Access talks and workshops throughout the 2013/14 academic year, kicking off in Open Access week (21-25 October) with an exciting talk by Sophie Kay on applying open principles in scientific research; a number of open access surgeries where you can ask your questions  and our two popular workshops “WISER: Open Access Oxford – What’s Happening?” and “WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA”.    More details:

The Open Scientist: The Why, When and How of Open Scientific Research  (Sophie Kay) (Thu 24 October 14.00-15.00) (wk 2)
A must for DPhil students, this session led by Sophie Kay will discuss the application of open access principles in scientific research at PhD level and beyond.  Sophie will be:

  • Discussing what openness means in modern scientific research
  • Introducing a wide variety of resources and tools that can help researchers
  • Considering the advantages of Open Science and potential obstacles and difficulties
  • Building researchers’ awareness of, and confidence in navigating, the modern research landscape

Who is this session for? Research postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters:  Sophie Kay (Open Science Training Initiative and Doctoral Research student n the Department of Computer Science)
Venue:  Radcliffe Science Library.    Booking is essential.  >Book your place online

WISER: Open Access Oxford – What’s happening? (Mon 21 Oct 14.00 – 15.00) (wk 2)
A briefing on open access for research publications and Oxford’s position including Green vs. Gold Open Access; funder mandates and publisher policies; the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic and how to get help with Open Access.
Who is this session for?  Current Oxford research postgraduates, researchers, academics and staff.
Presenters:  Juliet Ralph and Johanneke Sytsema
Venue:  Taylor Institution  > Book your place

WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Tues 22 October 9.30 – 10.30) (wk 2)
Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing and writing their thesis so that they do not encounter problems when they deposit. DPhils are encouraged to attend this session early so that they can make sensible decisions regarding rights from the start of their research.
Who is this session for? Oxford Research Postgraduates who are required to write a thesis
Presenter: Catherine Goudie
Venue:  IT Services, 13 Banbury Road  > Book your place

Open Access Surgeries
An opportunity to drop in with your Open Access queries. No need to book, just come along to one of the following venues.

  • The  Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus (Wednesday 23 October 2-4pm)
  • The Social Science Library, IT Training Room (Thursday 24 October 10am-12pm)
  • The Cairns Library, Beeson Room, John Radcliffe Hospital (Thursday 24 October 10-12am)

Coming next

Our Open Access week talks and workshops are just the start of Bodleian Libraries Open Access programme.  Over the course of the academic year we will be organizing talks from a variety academics, publishers and others covering a wide range of Open Access topics including Open Access in the Humanities; Open Access in drug discovery; Open Access journals; OA, impact and Altmetrics; Open Educational Resources; MOOCs; OpenData and Open Software. Watch the BodWISER blog for more details.

WISER Sessions next week on RefWorks and depositing your DPhil thesis in ORA

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following workshops during week 3:

WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA [Wednesday 9 May 12:30 – 1:30] – Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive).  This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing and writing their thesis so that they do not encounter problems when they deposit.  DPhils are encouraged to attend this session early so that they can make sensible decisions regarding rights from the start of their research. Presenter: Catherine Goudie. >Book your place online

RefWorks for Humanities [Friday 11 May 14.00 – 17.00] – RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.  Presenters: Valerie Lawrence and Angela Carritt. Book your place online.  >Book your place online

More reference management workshops – there will be more reference management workshops later in term. See for more details.

Bodleian Libraries workshops–  Check for the full WISER programme and for details of other training opportunities offered by Bodleian Libraries.     Why not follow us on Twitter at ,  visit the BodWiser blog at or join our mailling list by sending an empty email to

Not a member of Oxford University? – If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

Maximising the visibility of your research: course Mon 13 June pm

Bodleian Libraries will be running a workshop on maximising the visibility of your research using ORA next Monday.

Maximising the visibility of your research (Monday 13 June 2.-00-5.00)

Ensuring that your research is visible is becoming more and more important as increasing emphasis is placed on research impact. One easy way to improve your visibility is to deposit your research in the Oxford Research Archive (ORA) where it will be easily available to other researchers. Come along to next Monday’s training session on ORA to find how how to deposit your articles, posters, conference papers and other research output, to find out about using Symplectic to add items to ORA and to learn about copyright and other rights issues when making your research available online.    The workshop will include opportunities for hands on practice so please feel free to bring electronic copies of your research outputs to upload to ORA.

This session will take place on Monday 13 June 2.-00-5.00.  Please book your place online.

Are you an Oxford DPhil alumnus? We need your help…

Digitisation of Oxford DPhil theses for alumni

To all Oxford D.Phil. authors,

Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitise a number of Oxford D.Phil. theses. This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work.

Because only a limited number of authors are able to take advantage of this opportunity, theses will be digitised on a first come first served basis. Digital copies will be made available online in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive).

ORA is the university’s principal online collection of research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. It offers high visibility for Oxford research. Wherever possible, the full text of research is made freely available for easy online access. More about Oxford digital theses.

If you would like us to digitise your thesis and make it available in ORA, see further details.