SHERPA - Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research, Preservation and Access

SHERPA - Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research, Preservation and Access

The SHERPA Project aims to investigate issues to do with the future of scholarly communication and publishing. In particular, it is initiating the development of openly accessible institutional digital repositories of research output in a number of research universities. The SHERPA Project will aim over the course of three years to create a substantial corpus of research papers from several of the leading research institutions in the UK by establishing 'e-print archives' which comply with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH) using eprints.org software. The contents of these e-print repositories (and the harvestable metadata) will be freely available to all the HE and FE community and beyond. The creation, population and management of the repositories will be the core of the Project. Learning outcomes from these activities will also be shared with the community in a variety of ways, including the establishment of mechanisms to assist proactively other institutions in setting up and managing repositories.