Research management: Repositories and curation shared infrastructure
As a result of JISC programmes and initiatives since 2002, the UK now has a repository infrastructure consisting of nearly 200 repositories and a number of shared service projects. New roles and responsibilities have been created, as have requirements to support better research management. The issue for the future is how to maintain this infrastructure to support national requirements and international engagement.
This strand will help to support the repository infrastructure by:
- scoping the requirements for shared national services to allow for efficiencies and greater effectiveness at local and national levels.
It will also work towards:
- ensuring institutions are able to contribute to more effective and efficient forms of scholarly communication and open scholarship
- aligning policies and shared infrastructure with the research councils, research funders, and international initiatives, especially around open access and deposit of research papers. This will support the management, sharing and reuse (including metrics) of research papers and help raise the UK's research profile.
Building on the opportunities and successes emerging from previous programmes and investments, this strand will take a broader view to map the requirements of a repository and curation infrastructure. The focus is on open access research papers. The aims are to:
- provide economies of scale, scope, coherence and accountability by consolidating and rationalising existing shared services and, where required, developing new shared services at national or international level
- enable institutions to run their systems and processes more efficiently and effectively by providing national shared services
- enable ease of use of shared services provided as part of the infrastructure
- scope new business models for sustainable services
The strand will have the following components:
1. development of a production environment for the delivery of shared technical services to support the repositories and curation infrastructure
2. a set of production services delivered through 1
3. a strand function identifying requirements and providing quality assurance, community engagement and business/use case development for 1 and 2
4. an innovation environment to test ideas for the production environment
5. innovation projects to support the production and innovation environments
6. governance arrangements to control the relationships between these components