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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Bringing the UKs Open Access Research Outputs Together

Source: JISC


In 2003, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access (OA) proposed that research outputs should be made openly available for use and reuse - with appropriate attribution - via repositories using established technical standards. In 2013 Jisc, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society for College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) undertook a feasibility study into the development of an “open mirror”, which would bring together the UK’s open access research outputs and so make them easier to use and reuse.

The work is described here, and it has identified significant barriers hampering the creation of the open mirror. This report considers why, ten years after the Berlin Declaration, and with significant amounts of the UK’s research output being (at least nominally) open access, it is still so difficult to build an open mirror. Finally, it recommends work to make the process easier.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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