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Repositories Support Project - RSP

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Service Site

The RSP service site is available and provides a single point of contact and information for the work of the project and the provision of advocacy materials and guidance on the development of repositories in the UK.


The Repository Support Project is a JISC funded 2.5 year project to co-ordinate and deliver good practice and practical advice to English and Welsh HEIs to enable the implementation, management and development of digital institutional repositories. The project is being led by SHERPA, University of Nottingham, with core partners, the University of Wales Aberystwyth, and UKOLN at the University of Bath. Other funded partners are the University of Southampton and the Digital Curation Centre. All partners represent key centres of expertise regarding repositories, and the project will build on their previous national and international activity across the repositories landscape.

The Repositories Support Project (RSP) will contribute to building repository capacity, knowledge and skills within institutions. Through providing guidance and advice it will benefit the whole of the UK sector resulting in the wider take-up and development of institutional repositories in HEIs.

The aim of the project is to progress the vision of a deployed network of inter-working repositories for academic papers, learning materials and research data across the UK. Whilst fulfilling the business requirements of HEIs to manage their assets, showcase research outputs, and share learning materials, such a network of populated repositories will be a major step forward in the provision of open access materials.

Although some institutions are in the advanced stages of establishing well managed repositories the deployment of repositories is still patchy and many institutions do not have the expertise, resources or confidence to address the repository agenda without external encouragement and support. Consequently, whilst there are still many interesting areas for theoretical research, the principal aim of the RSP will be to increase the pace of institutional adoption by providing practical assistance and advice based on available solutions, with an emphasis on operational issues to do with the installation, implementation and deployment of institutional repositories.

The RSP is building an active outreach programme of advice and information. This will target institutions that are yet to take the first step, as well as giving more advanced institutions guidance on embedding existing repositories within institutional strategies. In both instances the intention will be to provide clear decision paths, succinct guidance notes and hands-on support. In developing its services and support the project will draw not only on the wide-ranging expertise resident in its carefully selected combination of consortium partners but also upon the substantial amount of additional expertise, research and infrastructure already available within the sector.


RSP will concentrate in five main activity areas:

The RSP will consult with the community at large and with JISC programme managers in order to ensure institutions can be effectively supported whatever their repository type or stage of maturity. A databank of expertise, know-how and best practice will be built up. It will be delivered with different views for target audiences and repository types, tailored to specific needs and available in multiple formats. It is anticipated that support materials will concentrate on four broad themes:


Consortium partners are well placed to use their established positions to co-ordinate and act as a focal point for the effective dissemination of the good practice and know-how that has emerged from programmes and projects on a national and international level. Project partners will also use their contacts and standing in the community to draw into the project specialised expertise from elsewhere, such as legal expertise from individual consultants, expertise from national data centres such as AHDS, as well as from on-going national and international projects. They will use their excellent contacts with a wide range of stakeholders in the field - repository developers, publishers, funding bodies, academic groups and societies and their international involvement (SURF, DRIVER, ARROW, DART, Los Alamos National Repository, Cornell, MIT etc) to inform and enhance the quality of the services and support they provide.

Project Management

Project Management is following the model established by the SHERPA Project to oversee the work of project staff and contacts in 21 institutions. Day to day management is under the control of the Project Manager, with oversight by the Project Director based at the University of Nottingham.


Stephen Pinfield (

Project Manager

Bill Hubbard (

Director (Wales)

Mike Hopkins ( )

Project Manager (Wales)

Stuart Lewis (


Rachel Heery (

Maureen Pennock (

University of Southampton

Les Carr (

Project Documents


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