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Free Access to National Repository for Academic Texts (UA0086)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Ukraine Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Education and Science Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technical Expertise and Information

Support Institution(s): Government-Civic Initiative “Together against Corruption,” National Council on Science and Technology, Joint Representative Body of Employers at the national level, EU Programme Erasmus+ other CSOs and international organizations (upon their consent)

Policy Areas

E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Ukraine Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

IRM Midterm Status Summary

17. Introduce the National Repository of Academic Texts

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan: Ensuring free access of users to the National Repository of Academic Texts [155]

The system of information support to research, development, technical and innovative activities in Ukraine is suboptimal, and the effective technical, organizational solutions, policies and legal framework do not enable convenient access to academic texts, including to those that were produced at the state and local budget expense.

Only a part of information resources is accessible online, while a lot of information can only be accessible in local points (libraries, archives, etc.). At the same time, the institutions that operate online (repositories, storages, e-libraries, etc.) have certain limitations in terms of access to information. They are often focused on some narrow topic or a certain group of users (for example, students of a University where the respective repository is functional). They have crucial differences in terms of interface, search engine and verifiability. It complicates access to R&D information and thus, compromises the efficiency of its use.

Creating the National Repository of Academic Texts will simplify the search and online access to information on R&D, education and innovations.

Milestones:

  1. Developing the ToR for creating the National Repository of Academic Texts
  2. Developing and implementing a technical project of the National Repository
  3. Launching a start-up package of National Repository (phase 1)
  4. Establishing the system of local repositories
  5. Shaping the ecosystem of the tools to support to academic integrity

Start Date: December 2018

End Date: December 2020

Context and objectives

Current technologies and policies in Ukraine do not enable convenient access to academic texts like Ph.D. dissertations, including to those produced by state and local public funding. [156] Only some information resources are accessible online, and are often focused on a narrow topic or a certain group of users (e.g., students of a university). Many are accessible in libraries or in dispersed local or sectoral repositories lacking a unified format and data exchange, like the Vernadsky National Library Electronic Resources [157] and the Electronic Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Institutional Repository. [158] Some academic texts can be lost due to a reorganization or change in funding, [159] and many pre-2014 academic texts are available only in paper. [160]

The government intends to ensure free access to a centralized National Repository of Academic Texts (the Repository). According to a UkrINTEI representative, the Repository will enable a permanent storage of academic information and establish a unified entry point to its databases. [161] Due to increasing public access to academic texts, this undertaking clearly relates to OGP values of access to information and technology and innovation.

Prior to the action plan, the government adopted several regulations to lay the groundwork for this commitment. Two decrees from 2017 and 2018 outline a general structure for the Repository and specifies an administering agency and its functions. [162] The latest decree from 19 October 2018 specifies preliminary technical characteristics and requires UkrINTEI to develop final technical characteristics of the Repository. [163]

The new Repository could bring positive results. [164] In particular, it will simplify access to information on research and development (R&D), education, and innovation. [165] The Repository could help promote academic integrity if, as the RPK expert suggested, anti-plagiarism software is used. [166] Taking into account these possibilities, this commitment has a potential for at least a minor impact on academic transparency.

Next steps

To provide full transparency of all academic texts, the IRM researcher recommends integrating all available local repositories into the central repository and to create a comprehensive registry of academic texts.

To achieve the potential of the Repository for ensuring integrity in academic writing, MES and UkrINTEI could develop or acquire advanced anti-plagiarism software with the capabilities of comparing multi-lingual texts and analyzing images.

[156] “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Decree on 18 December 2018 #1088-p” on The Government Portal, The Unified Web-portal of Executive Authorities of Ukraine (Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Secretariat, 18 Dec. 2018), https://www.kmu.gov.ua/storage/app/media/17-civik-2018/partnerstvo/plan_2018%20-%202020.pdf.
[157] “Vernadsky National Library Electronic Resources” (Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, accessed Dec. 2019), http://www.nbuv.gov.ua/node/2116.
[158] “Electronic Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Institutional Repository” (eKMAIR, 2019), http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/.
[159] Olena Chmyr (UkrINTEI), email exchange with IRM researcher, 19 Mar. 2019.
[160] Mykhailo Serebriakov (RPK), interview by IRM researcher, 26 Feb. 2019.
[161] Olena Chmyr (UkrINTEI), email exchange with IRM researcher, 19 Mar. 2019.
[162] “Regulations on the National Repository of Academic Texts” The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Resolution no. 541 (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 19 Jul. 2017), https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/541-2017-%D0%BF; “On approval of the Rules of Procedure of the National Academic Text Repository” Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Order no. 707 (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, 4 Jul. 2018), https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/z0858-18.
[163] “Issues of the National Academic Text Repository” Order no. 1140 (Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, 19 Oct. 2018), https://mon.gov.ua/ua/npa/deyaki-pitannya-nacionalnogo-repozitariyu-akademichnih-tekstiv?fbclid=IwAR0bDh36wcqyweTc6H5kE9k1NYe7kKpYKdPpuV7sbPJmU96GPM3NN1O9nUU.
[164] “The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Decree on 18 December 2018 #1088-p (Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Secretariat).
[165] Ibid.
[166] Chmyr, email; Serebriakov, interview.

Commitments

  1. Infrastructure Data Portal

    UA0070, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  2. Open Standard for e-System

    UA0071, 2018, E-Government

  3. Ensuring Openness and Transparency of Selling Public Assets and Property

    UA0072, 2018, E-Government

  4. Transparency in Public Procurement (Prozorro)

    UA0073, 2018, Access to Information

  5. Awarenss Raising About Social and Economic Development

    UA0074, 2018, Aid

  6. e-Calls for Proposals to Support CSOs

    UA0075, 2018, Civic Space

  7. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    UA0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  8. Anti-Corruption Training

    UA0077, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Publishing Environmental Information

    UA0078, 2018, E-Government

  10. Database of Natural Resources

    UA0079, 2018, Access to Information

  11. Interactive Map of Mines

    UA0080, 2018, E-Government

  12. Priority Electronic Services

    UA0081, 2018, Citizenship & Immigration

  13. Online Platform for Executive Bodies and CSOs

    UA0082, 2018, Civic Space

  14. EITI Online Data

    UA0083, 2018, Access to Information

  15. Electronic Resources for Education

    UA0084, 2018, Access to Information

  16. Online Verification of Education Certificates

    UA0085, 2018, E-Government

  17. Free Access to National Repository for Academic Texts

    UA0086, 2018, E-Government

  18. Administrative Service Decentrilisation and Improvement

    UA0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. United State Portal Extension; Electronic Government Information Services Unification; Modern Tools for Electronic Identification

    UA0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. System for Entities Performing Government Functions

    UA0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  21. Free Urban Planning Documentation

    UA0060, 2016, E-Government

  22. Beneficial Ownership Verification System

    UA0061, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. CoST Beneficial Ownership Standards

    UA0062, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  24. Transpartent Budget System

    UA0063, 2016,

  25. Starred commitment Open Public Procurement

    UA0064, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0065, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  27. Environmental Public Monitoring

    UA0066, 2016, Access to Information

  28. Community Policing System

    UA0067, 2016, Education

  29. Draft Law on Public Consultations

    UA0068, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  30. Development of E-Democracy.

    UA0069, 2016, E-petitions

  31. Improve Government Rules on CSO Involvement

    UA0031, 2014, E-Government

  32. Financing of Charities

    UA0032, 2014, Civic Space

  33. Not-For-Profit Status for CSOs

    UA0033, 2014, Civic Space

  34. Public Participation Law

    UA0034, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing Rules on Processing Official Information

    UA0035, 2014, Access to Information

  36. Access to Urban Planning Documents

    UA0036, 2014, E-Government

  37. Starred commitment Access to Communist-Era Archives

    UA0037, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  38. Starred commitment Draft Law on Open Data

    UA0038, 2014, Access to Information

  39. Starred commitment Supervisory Mechanism for the Right to Information

    UA0039, 2014, Access to Information

  40. Compliance with EITI

    UA0040, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  41. Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects

    UA0041, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  42. Adopt Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0042, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  43. Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology

    UA0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  44. Starred commitment Asset Disclosure on a Single Web Portal

    UA0044, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  45. Law on Administrative Procedure

    UA0045, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  46. Law on Streamlining Payment of Administrative Fees

    UA0046, 2014, E-Government

  47. Administrative Services Portal

    UA0047, 2014, Access to Information

  48. Draft Law on Decentralisation of Administrative Services

    UA0048, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  49. Draft Law on Social Services

    UA0049, 2014, E-Government

  50. e-Government Laws

    UA0050, 2014, E-Government

  51. Electronic Readiness Assessment

    UA0051, 2014, E-Government

  52. Government Regulations on Open Data

    UA0052, 2014, Access to Information

  53. Electronic Democracy Development Roadmap

    UA0053, 2014, E-Government

  54. Open Budget Initiatives

    UA0054, 2014, Access to Information

  55. e-Petitions

    UA0055, 2014, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

  56. e-Governance Training for Local Government

    UA0056, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Laws on Public Participation

    UA0001, 2012, Civic Space

  58. Amendments to the Law on Community Associations

    UA0002, 2012, Civic Space

  59. Amendments to Resolutions on Collaboration with Civil Society

    UA0003, 2012, E-Government

  60. Training for Public Servants on Consultations

    UA0004, 2012, Capacity Building

  61. Harmonisation of Access to Information Laws

    UA0005, 2012, Access to Information

  62. By-Laws on Access to Information

    UA0006, 2012, Access to Information

  63. Guidelines for Classifying Data

    UA0007, 2012, Public Participation

  64. Public Information Recording Systems

    UA0008, 2012,

  65. Law on Public Broadcasting

    UA0009, 2012, Civic Space

  66. Public Access to Information in State Registers

    UA0010, 2012, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    UA0011, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  68. Law for Controlling Declarations of Public Servants

    UA0012, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  69. Public Declarations of Officials’ Assets

    UA0013, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  70. Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest

    UA0014, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  71. Updated Anti-Corruption Laws

    UA0015, 2012, E-Government

  72. Regional Anti-Corruption Programmes

    UA0016, 2012, E-Government

  73. Law on Competitive e-Government Procurement

    UA0017, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  74. Starred commitment Administrative Services Reforms

    UA0018, 2012, E-Government

  75. Electronic Access to Administrative Services

    UA0019, 2012, E-Government

  76. Governmental Web Portal of Administrative Services

    UA0020, 2012, E-Government

  77. Administrative Services in a Digital Format

    UA0021, 2012,

  78. Starred commitment Regional Administrative Service Centres

    UA0022, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  79. Programme for Promotion of e-Government

    UA0023, 2012, E-Government

  80. Electronic Collaboration Between Executive Agencies

    UA0024, 2012,

  81. Web-Based Petitions System

    UA0025, 2012, E-petitions

  82. One Stop Shop for e-Reporting

    UA0026, 2012, E-Government

  83. e-Region Pilot Project

    UA0027, 2012, E-Government

  84. Network of e-Government Practitioners

    UA0028, 2012, Public Participation

  85. Public Libraries as Bridges Towards e-Governance

    UA0029, 2012, E-Government

  86. e-Government Knowledge Management Portal

    UA0030, 2012,

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