Sustaining OA infrastructure
The Knowledge Exchange, of which JISC is a member, has just released a report on the sustainability of OA services and infrastructure. The report identifies services that are considered critical, and what they are critical for. It then considers the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, and considers the value offered to them by these services. It is the first part of a series of reports, with the next one being undertaken now under the auspices of SPARC in the US, focusing on discrete business models and related issues (governance, etc).
The KE report is important for JISC, as we are working with the UK and wider repositories community to develop a repositories service infrastructure. You may know that this is based around RepositoryNet+ at Edina, includes an “innovation zone” at UKOLN, and strong relations with centres of excellence such as the Universities of Nottingham and Southampton, and MIMAS. The repositories infrastructure, including services such as Sherpa/RoMEO, needs to be sustainable and cost-effective, and the KE report helps us understand what that means in particular cases. In a time of constrained resources, and a strong policy direction in favour of open access, we will need to be creative in sustaining the repositories infrastructure. We need business planning perspectives to complement vital technical and academic expertise and understanding.
The same challenges, in a more commercial context, face Gold OA. The UK Open Access Implementation Group is already working hard with others on interoperability and service models, eg for an “intermediary” in Gold OA transactions.