UK RepositoryNet+ is a socio-technical infrastructure supporting deposit, curation & exposure of Open Access research literature. The aim of the UK RepositoryNet+ project is to increase the cost effectiveness of repositories of such literature. It will do this by offering a sustained and well-used suite of services that enable repositories to operate more cost effectively. Specifically UK RepositoryNet+ will:
- scope and deliver repository and curation services via a production environment that offers economies of scale and scope
- set up a production environment for repository shared services which works closely with the proposed innovation environment
- provide market research/ intelligence, quality assurance, business case and sustainability planning to support the project.
Sustainability planning is a key outcome, operating at several levels. Institutional support of repositories ultimately requires that they meet institutional objectives - for example, embedding institutional repositories through integration with university research support offices, thereby to ensure compliance with Funders’ mandates and submission to the Research Excellence Framework. The central task for RepositoryNet+ is to provide sustainable infrastructure with service-quality components that assist cost-effective ingest, quality improvement and continuity of access for repository content.