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Working Together

I’ve just been listening to the Jisc Monitor update on ‘Monitor Local’ Recording available here: This is a prototype offering that Jisc are working on for managing open access costs and compliance.  It is not meant to replace existing systems but sits alongside commercial, open source, and local systems as another option.  So whilst

Open Access and EPrints

A quick test of our next iteration of our test Open Access reporting (using the ‘RIOXX’ RCUK PlugIn for EPrints as a basis with additional fields added) and I am thinking: Some additional types e.g. to indicate that a journal did not offer a green OA option – or any OA options.  We might explore

Slow but Positive Progress

We are on our next iteration of our RIOXX testing.  RIOXX was a Jisc initiative that delivered a reporting profile for RCUK open access.  As part of this an EPrints extension has been provided to the community to support collection of the relevant information.   We have already made an amended version (see last blog

Open Access in EPrints

We have done some basic testing of the software provided for EPrints via the RIOXX initiative. It looks like we could make a few small changes to cover more comprehensively what we need  for open access in the short-medium term – and get rid of our spreadsheets which duplicate a lot of info already on

National Information Standards Organization

NISO Guidelines for access and licencing of e-content now available.  This will be taken into account in RIOXX/CASRAI open access work.

How can we make Open Access Work?

Here is a link to a summary of a meeting that I participated in.    The focus is around working with publishers to have a more efficient process and information flow for open access. Jisc and Pathfinder project initaitives continue to work with publishers to explore ways to reduce inefficiencies in the processes.

EPrints UK User Group Meeting

A large proportion of the morning  presentations and  afternoon discusson groups at yesterday’s EPrints UK user group was around ensuring our systems could deliver open access requirements. Extract from Agenda 10:45 – Valerie McCutcheon (Glasgow) – Open Access Update 11:05 – David Baker (CASRAI) – CASRAI 11:25 – Sheridan Brown (Key Perspectives) & Timothy Miles-Board (ULCC) – RIOXX 11:45 –


Hi, Just adding link to this paper about issues we have in managing open access.  

Useful Open Access Metadata Chat

On tuesday I met with some colleagues from different stakeholders in the Open Access area. I gave an overview of the E2E and CASRAI work on open access metadata standards and encouraged engagement with this to shape it together rather than reinvent lots of wheels. I do hope the draft profile will be available

Joining up Communities

Last week I was asked to talk about Open Access and research support at Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) event. It was heartwarming to hear many common messages e.g. It is OK to do things in different ways Initiatives should generally take a functional approach not an organisational unit approach (e.g.