Jisc and The Open University have had a long-standing relationship delivering CORE (core.ac.uk) for over 10 years. During this time, the service has grown from a project to an important and widely used Open Research infrastructure.
The current Jisc – OU contract for delivering CORE to the open scholarly community is expiring in July 2023. From this time onwards CORE will be operated by The Open University and will no longer receive direct funding from Jisc. The Open University is grateful to Jisc for its support of CORE over the last ten years.
CORE’s strategy for replacing the income previously received from Jisc will be through the CORE Membership programme, which will be launched later this month. HEIs from around the world that have an open repository and open access publishers will be able to voluntarily support CORE’s operation via a Supporting or Sustaining option and participate on its Board of Supporters. Members of the Board of Supporters will be able to influence CORE’s development roadmap. Additional benefits of participation are listed in our earlier blog post. Institutions are able to register their interest on the CORE website. Jisc are supporting the roll-out of the membership scheme for UK institutions. If you are a Jisc member, you will be able to sign up directly via Licence Subscriptions Manager.
CORE is a not-for-profit service dedicated to the open access mission. It serves the global network of repositories and journals by increasing the discoverability and reuse of open access content. CORE provides solutions for content management, discovery and scalable machine access to research. CORE services support a wide range of stakeholders, specifically researchers, the general public, academic institutions, developers and funders.
CORE is an enabling open access and open science infrastructure with a mission to aggregate open access research worldwide and deliver seamless access to it for all. In doing so, CORE:
- supports the network of open access repositories and journals with innovative technical solutions,
- enriches scholarly data using state-of-the-art text and data mining technologies to aid discoverability,
- enables others to develop new tools and use cases on top of the CORE platform, and
- facilitates a scalable, cost-effective route for the delivery of open scholarship.
As a critical part of the global Open Access infrastructure, CORE is a mission driven not-for-profit endeavour. We will now rely on the generous support of our members to support and sustain the service.
Liz Bal, Director of Open Research Services at Jisc states: “We encourage institutions to register their interest in CORE Membership on the CORE website and by doing so, make a strong statement of support for CORE’s mission in driving forward open scholarship, as well as benefiting from a range of value-added services.”
We also invite you to attend a webinar introducing CORE’s Membership and featuring a panel on sustainability of open research infrastructures, which will be held on Tuesday 8th November at 1 pm by UKSG.