Project Closed – Where can we get help now with Open Access?

Hello All,

This project is now officially closed however we plan to keep the blog going for a while and see if there is interest.  Feel free to contact us to ask about open access

At the recent ARMA conference we discussed open access issues and I plan to follow up on some of these actions soon

Possible sources of advice where members are willing to answer your questions:

If you are a member of ARMA you can sign up to the Open Access mailing list which is a useful source of advice on Open Access:


We are also starting an OA Scotland Group meeting 5th September Scotland.  There are other groups around the UK – try the mailing lists to find one local to you.

Mapping Open Access requirements to Pure and Fedora: a technical case study

One of our deliverables for the E2EOA project, a technical case study is now available at the link below. This is published under CC-BY-SA.

Mapping Open Access requirements to Pure and Fedora

Please feel free to send us any comments or suggestions for improvement.

Sharing Information

I took part in two Pathfinder Summer series meetings in the last week.

This involved showing the open access fields and reporting functionality we have set up in EPrints.

The main reports are an extract for reporting to RCUK/COAF that has been successfully tested and imports to Monitor UK.  Monitor UK plan to aggregate open access cost information  from UK research organisations with a view to analysing this and potential assisting discussions with publishers and informing decisions.

We also showed our University of Glasgow REF Open Access reports.

These are imperfect and constantly reviewed in these early months of new REF policy.

Open Access Reporting and Compliance

Here are the slides showing an update on open access metadata capture and reporting at the University of Glasgow. june pathfinder event

Here is a web link to our open access REF compliance reporting information

Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any aspect

The Acceptance Date conumdrum and reports on compliance

Many of us are starting to produce regular reports on REF Compliance for Faculties or Schools to monitor OA research outputs. What do our Schools want? How we can provide it? Glasgow and Kent Skyped today to share experience.Skype-ing

Both universities use EPrints for our repositories Enlighten and KAR, have the EPrints REF CC plugin, and are building on reports. Glasgow showed us reports they’ve made by adding Excel macros on the Eprints REF report data.

A chart to show % of compliant items and an ‘at risk’ list have been popular, the reports also include a list of records, with the relevant fields showing where we still need information, such as Acceptance date. Kent have got a date delimiter working for the Eprints generic reporting.example compliance ed




We imaged how a basic chart like this might evolve over time.

We also talked about the Acceptance Date conundrum. We need it, but we can’t make Acceptance Date mandatory for many reasons such as not knowing the date at deposit, wanting to continue to enable deposit of pre-prints and other OA material not eligible for REF, encouraging early deposit… and more. Doing rigorous monitoring and reporting will help us to understand and fill the gaps, we’ll also need more communication. Glasgow have long offered mediated deposit Enlighten, and Valerie has been updating Open Access Process for Publications. Kent are setting up a new mediated deposit service for the University of Kent’s institutional repository (Kent Academic Repository (KAR)). The launch of a mediated service model is to provide reassurance to researchers, and the university as a whole, that outputs are eligible for the REF.


Open Access Technical Workshop – ‘Un-Report’

Hello All,

Here is the ‘un-report’ from our 4th April event looking at system functionality for Open Access.  It mainly consists of informal notes and verbatim comments from the day.

OpenAccessTechnicalWorkshop Un-Report_20160404

We will  be following this up at the final programme workshop around systems and metadata.  The date and venue will be announced soon.

The presentations can be seen here:




Hydra and Fedora

Jisc Monitor


Jisc – Sherpa REF and Publications Router

PURE – discussion was online on an instance of PURE –  see the ‘un-report’ where there are lots of comments.



Update from Glasgow

Hello All,

Our latest activity includes:

  1. Addition of a few fields to our open access tab on EPrints – code will be shared
  2. Amending our College reports from EPrints to include REF exceptions now that these are real – code will be shared
  3. Creating a community issue log to save re-inventing the wheel on open access issues – perhaps a peer site has already come up with a great answer or as a community we can solve an issue or refer it to the appropriate body?

Open Access Technical Workshop

Open Access Technical Workshop



4th April  saw the  End-to-End and LOCH projects host a joint event at Glasgow’s Hilton Grosvenor Hotel to look at technical issues related to Open Access policy compliance for the REF.  The morning session consisted of a series of short ‘show-and-tell’ sessions whereby participants generously gave up their time to demonstrate how the repository and research information systems they use can support the new requirements, which came into play on Friday 1st April 2016.

After lunch, delegates joined groups looking at technical issues in PURE and DSpace.  Another group discussed some of the non-technical issues to do with REF policy and OA funding and spent time sharing experiences and best practice.  The day was rounded off with presentations about CASRAI, SHERPA-REF and Jisc Publications Router.

The organisers are in the process of writing up a more thorough report, to be published on the LOCH and End-to-End blogs in the next couple of weeks.

Open Access Work Recognised

I’m very pleased to say that the University of Glasgow Library has been shortlisted for Outstanding Library Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards

Our submission was based on our open access and research data managements services, the continuous redevelopment of the building including the High Demand Collection, and  innovative services such as ReadingLists @ Glasgow.

I notice our colleagues in Kent, Southampton, and Lancaster also have been shortlisted in other categories.

Open Access Technical Workshop – Lancaster’s Experience

Today, I and Louise Tripp from Lancaster University attended the Open Access workshop organised by Jisc funded E2EOA and LOCH Good Practice pathfinder projects. Lancaster University is a partner in the E2EOA project.

The day started with a short introduction by Valerie McCutcheon (University of Glasgow, E2EOA) followed immediately by systems demonstrations session led by Dominic Tate (University of Edinburgh, LOCH). The systems demonstrations were quick and to the point, and included a wide variety of vendor and institutional presentations. The systems demonstrated were Pure, Converis, Elements, EPrints, DSpace, Fedora/Hydra, and Jisc Monitor. Out of these, we presented on our Fedora/Hydra work under the E2EOA project and how that fits in with the wider RIOXX and RIOXX+ metadata. We also talked about RIOXX mapping in RDF within Fedora/Hydra and RIOXX RDF playground, work on which has been done by Adrian Albin-Clark (Lancaster University). After these short demonstrations, there was an open discussion about commonalities in demands and issues about these systems. Key commonalities included interoperability between systems, OAI-PMH interfaces and ability to generate OA compliance reports.

This session was followed by a lovely hot lunch which allowed lots of networking opportunities. I had a very useful conversation with George MacGregor from University of Strathclyde from the viewpoint of Linked Data and Semantic Web, and how we are using many controlled vocabularies in Hydra as well as integrating DBpedia within systems, including Primo. Similarly, another useful conversation happened with Balviar Notay of Jisc about the importance of Fedora/Hydra in the future and in terms of the newly developing UK partnership between several institutions on this. More details on this partnership to come later.

After lunch were the breakout sessions on three key themes. These were decided by the participants on the day and were on the topics of Pure (led by Manya Buchan of Elsevier), DSpace (led by Claire Knowles of University of Edinburgh) and Non-system Open Access issues (led by Dominic Tate of University of Edinburgh). As we are a Pure customer, both Louise and I participated in the Pure theme. We found the session to be very useful, informative and learnt a lot about reporting in Pure in a short space of time. The capability of sharing OA template reports was highly appreciated and Manya will be generating and publicising some of these to the Pure User Group shortly. Another thing that people appreciated was the capability of highlighting certain fields as we have done at Lancaster University (see Figure 1). This allows our academics to only input the absolute minimal information we expect from them visibly and clearly. We have now shared how we have done this with Manya with the intention that it will be shared further within the Pure User Group.

Highlighting key fields in Pure

There were several discussions on the theme of interoperability with Pure as well as OA reporting. Some issues and concerns were also raised by the customers as well as Elsevier, many of which were known bugs and are about to be fixed. However, there was a reassurance across the board that Pure can do a lot of things for us that many other systems are not able to do at this time. I should also take this opportunity to mention that I chair the UK Pure interoperability working group so if you have any concerns or comments, please let me know.

The breakout sessions concluded with a lovely cup of tea and lots of sugary treats to keep us going for another hour. The last part of the day was focussed on CASRAI UK (led by Valerie McCutcheon), Sherpa REF plugin (Balviar Notay) and Jisc Publications Router (led by Balviar Notay and Hannah DeGroff). Details of call to join CASRAI-UK chapter are available here. Lancaster University have already indicated an interest to be part of this chapter and we would encourage other institutions to also consider joining. A good news about Sherpa REF plugin is that they have acknowledged the issues and concerns of institutions in relation to acceptance vs publication messages and are keen to accommodate institutions needs. There was an open call for feedback which can be provided by clicking on the official Sherpa REF website. Jisc Publications Router looked a lot more mature than when I last looked at it about 8 months ago. The website is clear and modern, highlighting information on how institutions can get involved as well as how the technical developers can work with it. The key concern here was again from Pure side. Considering that Pure does not support OAI-PMH harvesting or SWORD2, would Pure customers be able to benefit from Publications Router? This is where Balviar and Hannah mentioned the API for Publications Router which is another way to work with the information. The outgoing notification API looks very good and I am sure Elsevier can pick this up and work with it without many problems.

This concluded a very useful day. We are now hoping to organise another half a day session with Manya on reporting for Open Access/RDM (more like a Reporting 101). If you are interested in attending, please let me know and I will let you know when we are advertising the event more widely.