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Shared repository and curation infrastructure

UK RepositoryNet+ Project


The aim of the UK RepositoryNet+ project is to increase the effectiveness of repositories.  It will do this by offering a sustained and well-used suite of services that deliver improvements in take-up, efficiency, effectiveness, innovation, sustainability, resilience and ease of use of repositories.  Specifically UK RepositoryNet+ 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 environment/zone
  • provide market research/intelligence, quality assurance, business case and sustainability planning to support the project.

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


The specific objectives of the project are:

  • establishing a Project Board group and Services & Innovation Partnership Group
  • scoping  a set of services that together enable repositories to deliver the anticipated benefits
  • setting up production environments in which such services can be delivered cost-effectively, in a sustainable way, and where there are measurable benefits from co-location of services
  • assisting in setting up innovation environments in which new and emerging services can be scoped
  • building and contributing to the assessment of existing and new services to be delivered via the new service environment
  • establishing a process whereby –where a case is accepted – services can be migrated to the new service environments, together with partnership arrangements where appropriate.

Where necessary, also:

  • support the use of those services
  • provide market intelligence in order to specify service requirements
  • provide quality assurance and capacity for community engagement to test and validate the services in the production and innovation environments
  • developing business/use cases and sustainability planning

Outputs and Outcomes

  • a consolidated and coherent service offering for the repositories and curation environment that provides key functions providing efficiencies and effectiveness at local and national levels.
  • trusted and easy to use services
  • sustainable services delivered through varied business models and the community is clear about the value and benefit of these services.

Project Staff

Project Director:
Peter Burnhill

Project Manager:
Terry Sloan

Business Manager:
Andrew Dorward

Start date
2 August 2011
End date
31 March 2013
Funding programme
Digital infrastructure: Research management programme
Research management: Repositories and curation shared infrastructure
Lead institutions


Partner institutions