Jisc
Solution architecture for Open Access publishing policies service and a large-scale Research Data Management shared service.

Digirati provided a technical review of Jisc's "Sherpa" services (RoMEO, Juliet and FACT). These services are responsible for recording policies (e.g., regarding Open Access publishing) of publishers and individual journals on the one hand and research funding agencies on the other, and for producing guidance to researchers based on interrogating these policies. Digirati re-stated the current requirements and described future requirements after evaluating stakeholder needs alongside existing research. We reviewed the current implementation and then produced a number of possible options for redesign of the system with a redesigned data model.

More recently Digirati have been providing technical architecture services for the new Jisc Research Data Management Shared Service pilot project. This ambitious project aims to deliver a sector wide approach to research data management through the implementation of a single, cost-effective solution available to all Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). It will enable researchers to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation. This will help to facilitate sustainable access to research data so it can be re-used. It will enable compliance with research funder mandates and realise a range of benefits.  The pilot is currently being run with 17 HEIs and if successful will be available to the 200+ HEIs in the UK.

Digirati’s role started with the initial design of the technical architecture, which was informed by a series of interviews and assessments with pilot institutes and stakeholders to capture use cases and develop a vision for the platform. We then worked to document and specify the work required from a framework of vendors and other suppliers who have delivered (and continue to deliver) enhancements and changes to their products and solutions to support use cases and integration with the core RDSS infrastructure. Our team have continued to specify, prototype and then develop core aspects of the solution architecture. We help facilitate and manage the delivery and release of software on the platform and liaise closely with the pilot institutes.

The beta service is expected to launch later this year, with our role now starting to focus on handing the service over to Jisc’ operations team. We will be producing a series of posts in the coming months to provide more details on the project approach, together with some of the successes and challenges our team have encountered during the project. More information on this project can be found here:https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/research-data-shared-service.