Jisc launches Plan S-compliant repository

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Jisc is launching a new multi-content repository for storing research data and articles that will make it easier for university staff to manage the administration around open access publishing.

The repository offers simple, cost-effective ways to manage, store and share digital research outputs, and will allow institutions to meet all Plan-S mandatory requirements and other funder and publisher mandates for open scholarship.

Developed with input from the research sector, the research repository allows institutions to manage open access articles, research data and theses in a single system. The service is the most interoperable system on the market and permits integration with a wide range of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS), research management systems and digital preservation systems. This makes it easier to report against funder mandates, creating automated workflows that transfer data objects and metadata, which reduces re-keying information between systems.

Liz Bal, Jisc’s director of open research services, said: 'We are delighted to offer institutions this service for the long-term management of all their digital research outputs, from articles, datasets and theses to metadata-only records and outputs that normally can’t be added to subject or funder data repositories.'

Kellie Snow, research data manager at Cardiff University, commented: 'Cardiff University recognises the significant social and economic benefits associated with free and open access to publicly funded research.

'That’s why we welcome Jisc’s research repository, which allows us to meet funder and publisher expectations for open data, aligning with our commitment to open research and our signature to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), supporting responsible research assessment and accountability. Jisc has worked closely with us to align their research repository with our workflows and to ensure that our connectivity requirements are met. Jisc’s support around integration with our CRIS has been particularly responsive to our customisation needs.'

The research repository is a fully managed ‘software-as-a-service’ provision, which is hosted on a secure cloud platform. Included in the service is an in-built ‘FAIR checker’ to make sure research data is ‘findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable’.

In support of open research, Jisc also offers research systems connect, a preservation service and research repository plus: a single service to manage, store, preserve and share digital research outputs.