UKRepositoryNet+ is a project to create a socio-technical infrastructure supporting deposit, curation & exposure of Open Access research literature. Read more >

Below are the current components identified under the Repnet Project

About RepositoryNet+

Open Access
First steps and priorities
Sketch of repository infrastructure and components



UK RepositoryNet+ (RepNet) is a socio-technical infrastructure supporting deposit, curation & exposure of Open Access research literature.  JISC has invested much in the growth of institutional capacity to support policies of institutional responsibility, re-usability and ease of access for content, and in a variety of components.  RepNet aims to provide a stable socio-technical infrastructure at the network-level to maximize value to UK HE of that investment. Our general approach is to envision a mix of distributed and centrally delivered service components within pro-active management, operation, support and outcome. While this infrastructure will be designed to meet the needs of UK research, it is set and must operate effectively within a global context.

Open Access

An entry in Wikipedia defines Open Access (OA) to research literature as the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and increasingly to theses, scholarly monographs and book chapters. It also notes that OA comes in two degrees: Gratis OA, no-cost online access; Libre OA, being Gratis OA plus some additional usage rights. For updates on this, see Open Access on wikipedia. There are various forms of mixed and hybrid Open Access (OA), but the main distinction is between Green and Gold. The first is where the Authors - or their agent – deposit the Authors' Final Copy (AFC) under terms of a Creative Commons (CC) licence that favours OA. Policies by publishers of the corresponding Publisher's Final Copy (PFC) vary across publisher and with respect to Journals within publisher - much of which is recorded in SHERPA ROMEO: most publishers specify the Authors Final Copy as they do not wish their PFC to be made available from platforms over which they do not have contractual control (and COUNTER monitoring). The costs involved with Green OA are not generally priced. Normally no payment is made under Green OA and publishers are expected to recoup their investment through traditional subscription sales during an embargo period, which varies between publishers and journals. Gold OA is a scheme whereby publishers release the Publisher's Final Copy (PFC) under terms of OA/CC on the basis of a contract made or on behalf of the author(s). Payment is not always required, but where it is that payment is generally afforded by earmarked funds within an Award from a Funder to an Institution with the actual decision making for a given article being made by the Principal Investigator (PI) for that Award. The costs involved with Gold OA are generally priced, but note that less than half of OA journals charge any author-side fees.


The aim of the RepNet project is to increase the cost effectiveness of repositories.  It will do this by offering a sustained and well-used suite of services that facilitate cost effective operation.  Specifically RepNet 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 zone.
  • provide market research/ intelligence, quality assurance, business case and sustainability planning to support the project.


As an infrastructure hub, RepNet will facilitate efficient service delivery and service support, e.g. through provision of a professional helpdesk, development of appropriate service level definitions against which service levels can be monitored, and liaison around the scope and need for improvement of service components.


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 RepNet is to provide sustainable infrastructure with service-quality components that assist cost-effective ingest, quality improvement and continuity of access for repository content.

First steps and priorities

First steps in this project have been development of technical infrastructure and of a suite of shared services.  The project sought to fund integration of components that were production ready or close to it and were already in use by the community.  The process of selection was useful in that it generated feedback on how those components could be enhanced to leverage maximum benefit and how the user base could be extended.  In the second ‘wave’ more attention will be given to scoping the curation requirements – and identifying or specifying the components required to meet those requirements.

Sketch of repository infrastructure and components


The RepNet Project Board meets monthly, and the Advisory Board meets on a quarterly basis. The Repnet team meet monthly, with minutes and notes from all meetings posted on the project wiki. Regular and ad hoc meetings of the SIPG group are also minuted and published on the project wiki.

UK Repository Net+ Team

Project Director: Peter Burnhill
Project Manager: Donna Cruickshank
Business Manager: Andrew Dorward
Technical Lead: Gareth Waller
Technical Support: Chris Yocum
Website Team: Stuart Macdonald, Jackie Clark
Developers: Cesare Bellini, Richard Wincewicz
Social Media: Nicola Osborne
Helpdesk: Helen McVey
Team Consultants: Leah Bijelic, Pablo de Castro

Jisc Executive

Programme Manager: Balviar Notay
Programme Director: Neil Jacobs

RepNet Project Board

John MacColl (University of St Andrews, Chair)
Adrian Burton (Australian National Data Service)
Andrew Dorward (RepNet+)
Balviar Notay (Jisc)
Bill Hubbard (CRC, University of Nottingham)
Chris Pressler (University of London)
Christine Rees (EDINA)
Donna Cruickshank (RepNet+)
Gerry Lawson (NERC)
Les Carr (University of Southampton)
Neil Jacobs (Jisc)
Peter Burnhill (RepNet+)
Rachel Bruce (Jisc)
Ross Macintyre (Mimas)
Simon Kerridge (University of Kent)
Sue White (University of Huddersfield)
William Nixon (University of Glasgow)

Project 'Critical Friends'

William Nixon (Chair; University of Glasgow)
Kevin Ashley (Digital Curation Centre)
Chris Awre (University of Hull)
Les Carr (University of Southampton)
Simon Kerridge (University of Kent)

Stuart Lewis (University of Edinburgh)
Paul Walk (UKOLN)