After a chat with my colleague in the Library I feel a bit less daunted by the RCUK draft specification.
I’m going to make a list of all the outputs that are new to us and prioritise them. We will try to decide if they should go on our Repository or another institutional system and identify major issues. We are in a fortunate position as we have data rich systems so quite a number of the entities already exist on one or other of our core systems though we might need to add some new fields to capture the data required.
I also attended our institutional Open Access Working Group meeting today. The functionality we have set up in the Repository to allow outputs to be linked to awards is going to be very useful for checking for compliance issues and we plan to do run some stats on compliance for specific funders shortly.
We need to drive careful consideration of selecting a ‘Yes’ publicity flag to relevant awards for those types that do not default to ‘Yes’ . If there are no sensitive issues then we want them to be publicity ‘Yes’.
It is also important to us to ensure our Research System includes a funder reference against the award where one exists as this helps match up historical records.
We’ll try to improve the process for obtaining publication funds within the University and we be working with colleagues in the Finance Office to try and provide a simple guideline.