UKCoRR Members’ Day – CORE Panel Session

The UKCoRR Members’ Day took place on November 13th and, at very short notice, was held online due to the ongoing technical problems currently being experienced by The British Library, who were the original hosts for the day long event.

Our panel session, entitled “CORE, repositories and supporting UKRI OA Policy” saw substantial participation with more than 120 people from U.K. HEIs in attendance. The session opened with a presentation from Professor Petr Knoth, Head of CORE. This presentation detailed CORE’s recent advancements and developments planned for the coming months, with the focus on how the tools and services being built by CORE can best serve the repository communities’ needs, with particular regard to the UKRI’s Open Access policy.

To be considered compliant with UKRI’s open access requirements, research articles made available via repositories are required to meet the following technical requirements. The relevant CORE Dashboard tool for each requirement is shown in orange:

  • “PIDs for research outputs must be implemented according to international recognised standards. …” (OAI Resolver)
  • “article-level metadata must be implemented according to a defined application profile that supports the UKRI Open Access Policy …” (Rioxx metadata validator)
  • “… deposit the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (or Version of Record, where the publisher permits) in an institutional or subject repository at the time of final publication …” (OA Compliance module)
  • “… common unique PIDs for research management information (for example identifiers for funders or organisations) are strongly encouraged. ORCID, the researcher identifier, must be supported …” (Enrichments tab)

Professor Knoth showed how CORE can help repositories meet the technical requirements of the UKRI policy by using the tools that are made available to members via the CORE Dashboard. You can see a detailed look at the functionality of the Dashboard in this presentation. 

Following the presentation, Professor Knoth was joined by Matteo Cancellieri (lead developer for CORE), George Macgregor (Assistant Director – Digital Library, University of Glasgow and UKCORR Technical Officer), John Salter (developer from the University of Leeds) and Steven Vidovic (Head of Open Research & Publication Practice at University of Southampton.) for the panel session.  The discussion focused on how CORE can best support repositories in line with the UKRI OA mandate. 

The panel discussed a range of topics and took questions on the requirements for the assignments of persistent identifiers (PIDs) to research records and helping repositories with the adoption of the latest Rioxx metadata standards. The panel also explored opportunities for more closely integrating CORE’s functionalities with repository software platforms to enhance metadata records, thus helping to streamline repository management.

Professor Knoth commented; 

“CORE is committed to co-designing and piloting new tools, with an emphasis on collaboration with the community to ensure the development of tools that are both time-efficient and beneficial for all stakeholders. We are delighted that, even with the last minute changes, we could use this session to share not only some of our recent developments but also what is coming up in the near future. CORE are incredibly grateful to the UKCoRR chair and committee for their efforts in managing to move this session online at very short notice. I would also like to thank the panellists for their insights into how CORE can really engage with the repository community for the benefit of everyone”

You can watch the full recording of the presentation and panel session below.

Recording of the CORE presentation and panel