Closing Workshop of ROMOR Project

08 - Oct - 2019

IUG Deanship of Scientific Research hosted ROMOR Palestinian partners on video conference to declare the latest results of the project.

According to ROMOR Manager Prof. Rawia Awadallah, the impact of ROMOR project is quite tangible and has left footprints in the Palestinian research pool. She declared that 6 non-partner universities have established their own repositories after the launch of IUG repository through ROMOR project. Thus, the number of repositories in Palestine has reached 10.

IUG President Prof. Nasser Farahat opened the workshop at IUG Tiba Building and warmly welcomed the Palestinian partners, on video conference, and welcomed the attendees; confirming that this project is one of the most-ever productive projects that the university got the utmost benefit from. He, besides, emphasized that scientific research is falling under the roles of the university alongside teaching and serving the community.

Dr. Falah Katani, Secretary of the Scientific Research Council at the Ministry of Higher Education, said: this project is a fruitful initiative for bolstering open access information as well as framing the scientific research through gathering efforts of all researchers in Palestine. In addition, it allows preserving the intellectual production and help disseminate the research outputs. It is one of the most reliable standards of universities' assessment and classification worldwide, he added.

From the Birziet side, the vice- President for academic affairs prof. Khaled Swerih confirmed via video conference that this workshop comes to present the acquired experience of partner universities during the three-years along, and to discuss the mechanism of research repositories' construction and management.

When she was asked about the incentive for ROMOR, Prof. Awadallah replied: "the need for this project stem from the crisis of invisibility of research in Palestine. Thus, ROMOR comes to increase the visibility and tries bringing the collective as well as individual research into light as to make them open access for all."

Research repositories are digital content to preserve the intellectual production of universities. It follows specific protocols that contribute to increase the visibility, specifically in the largest search engines.

  The main results of ROMOR can be summarized in the following:

1- Establishment of FOUR Open Access Repositories at the Palestinian partners: Islamic University, Birzeit University, Khudouri, Open Jerusalem.

2- Providing more than 40 mobility chances and holding loads of training courses and educational materials, which focused on managing the outputs of scientific research and open science.

Stefano Caselli assured, different academic courses have been developed and uploaded by the University of Parma in open e-learning platform.   

3- Raising awareness about the necessity of having a special repository at partner and non-partner universities in a way that soared the competition between universities. This step has been achieved through blogs, social media platforms, and through holding more than 10 local workshops in addition to several participations in international conferences.   

 

The next step for ROMOR is to establish a unified national open access repository for all Of Palestine as Dr. Katani called on.