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National Open Research Forum (NORF)

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. NORF is currently developing a National Action Plan for the transition to an open research environment. 

NORF provides a space for communication, consultation and cooperation among key stakeholders in the research system regarding strategic issues and overarching policies and procedures on open research. The Forum combines the expertise of representatives from policy, research funding, research performing, the library sector, enterprise and other key stakeholders in the research system from across Ireland.

NORF is co-chaired by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Health Research Board (HRB) with secretariat from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI). It is coordinated by the National Open Research Coordinator, Dr Daniel Bangert, based at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI).



DRI is a signatory of the National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment and actively contributes to the ongoing landscaping exercise. 

The National Open Research Coordinator, Dr Daniel Bangert, is based at DRI and works with NORF on the development and delivery of a National Action Plan for the implementation of Open Research across Ireland.

DRI Director Dr Natalie Harrower was appointed to the Core Oversight Group of the Steering Forum for the second phase launched in 2020. 

DRI Software Engineer Dr Kathryn Cassidy is part of the NORF Infrastructure Working Group and Timea Biro is co-chairing the FAIR data Working Group