Monday, 23 June 2008

WRRO launch new blog

This is the new blog for White Rose Research Online (WRRO), the open access research outputs repository for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. We have been running a blog for the past year so if you want to see what we’ve been doing up to now please check it out. It won't be updated any more as we've relocated here.

Just a brief bit of background info - WRRO has been live for about 4 years now. It was developed as part of the Sherpa project and has enjoyed steady progress, now containing about 3000 records. Last year WRRO gained JISC funding for the IncReASe project. The aim of the project is to increase the content in the repository and develop services so it is easier to use and becomes part of depositors’ regular workflows.

As part of the IncReASe project we have undertaken a web survey of publications across the 3 university websites and an online questionnaire of academics’ existing depositing habits, knowledge about open access and funders’ OA policies. We are currently interviewing academics further about how they disseminate their research outputs, and what services they would like WRRO to offer. We are also working closely with the ESRC to develop our aim of “deposit once, use many times”. The aim is that ESRC grant holders will be able to deposit with us and we will send their research outputs to the ESRC to fulfil their grant requirements.

We will use both the project website and here to disseminate our findings for the IncReASe project.

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