Jisc is conducting a feasibility study into the “Open Mirror”, which would provide access for the world to the open access research outputs from UK researchers. It would be an aggregation of all UK Open Access content, based upon the network of institutional repositories in the UK. It might support better discovery and access, text-mining, business continuity, management information and preservation services.
The current work is a feasibility study, implying no commitment by Jisc to proceed; it is to assess how practical and valuable an Open Mirror might be. The study runs to December 2013. It is a Jisc co-design project, in partnership with our co-design partners, principally RLUK and SCONUL, but also UCISA and RUGIT. Other than Jisc, the project team comprises Clax Ltd, EDINA, Petr Knoth and Zdenek Zdrahal, Rosemary Russell, Clare Ravenwood, Jeremy Atkinson and Naomi Korn.
The Open Mirror would be achieved by a combination of:
– harvesting the relevant contents from UK institutional repositories, using standard protocols;
– harvesting the relevant contents from international subject repositories, using either standard protocols or bespoke arrangements;
– collecting the relevant articles from publishers, initially via a series of bespoke arrangements, but working toward a common accepted protocol;
– making the resulting content available and visible for the long term, in useful ways;
– partnering with related services;
– building consensus, acceptance and support among all stakeholders.
We would like to ask for feedback on the idea of an Open Mirror. What do you think would be the benefits, the costs, the risks, the opportunities? Overall, would you support it?
Please use the comments facility below to comment on these, or email directly to Neil Jacobs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future posts here will ask for feedback on the Open Mirror’s feasibility, implementation options, and the kinds of services that it might offer.