Defining and creating technical specifications for improved metadata/information management necessary for OA compliance has been a key area of focus for a number of Pathfinders.
***Hull (HHuLOA): RIOXX review and proposed practice***
The HHuLOA project is carrying out technical work to ensure that the repositories at their partner institutions are fit for purpose in capturing the information needed to ensure compliance with the HEFCE REF Open Access Policy.
The RIOXX profile is designed primarily to fulfil Research Councils UK’s requirements for metadata collection and reporting on open access. It is compatible with the information and audit requirements for the open-access policy in the next REF, which also overlap with RIOXX. As it is anticipated that the detail of HEFCE’s requirements aside of RIOXX will be developed further, HHuLOA decided that we would start by examining the RIOXX profile and understanding how this would work in our repository systems.
***Glasgow E2EOA Eprints metadata profile/ specification***
Following a period of testing and engagement with the community, on behalf of the E2EOA project, the University of Glasgow are now able to capture Open Access information in their live EPrints repository and generate reports that we can use for Charities Open Access Fund and other reporting purpose. The code is publicly available on GitHub for others to download, try out and fine-tune.
It is hoped that this will form the basis of more community involvement around EPrints and Open Access reporting and encourage repository users and developers to try it out for themselves and send us comments and suggestions.
The metadata profile is also currently being looked at by CASRAI for possible adoption as a standard.