Helping UK open access repositories comply with OpenAIRE’s guidelines

On 11 October 2018, Jochen Schirrwagen from the University of Bielefeld presented a webinar for UK repositories in order to help them comply with version 3 of OpenAIRE’s guidelines for open access repositories. OpenAIRE’s mission is to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research, with a vision to transform society through validated scientific knowledge, and allow citizens, educators, funders, civil servants and industry find ways to make science useful for themselves, their working environments, the society. These values adhere with Jisc’s own mission and vision for open access and open science, and Jisc serves as the national open access desk for the UK.

Furthermore, it is a mandate for projects who have received Horizon 2020-funding that their research outputs must be put into an OA repository; in some instances, if a researcher cannot locate a suitable repository, we encourage them to deposit into Zenodo, the open repository developed by CERN. In other instances, we want to ensure that OpenAIRE can harvest from the researcher’s chosen repository. It was noted during the webinar that of the 277 repositories registered in Jisc’s directory of open access repositories, OpenDOAR, only 94 of them are compliant with OpenAIRE’s guidelines.

Particularly during this open access week, we would like to see that number increased. Although we are not repeating the webinar, we have had the presentation recorded; that recording is available without having to download any kind of loader or additional software. In addition, the slides and document listing all of the UK repositories which are currently registered in OpenAIRE are both available.

If anyone has any feedback on the material, please get in touch, either via the comments section below or preferably by our helpdesk: help@jisc.ac.uk; please ensure that you indicate your question is about OpenAIRE.

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