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Leeds University event closes first phase of RSP Professional Briefing Events

30th November 2007

The 2007 series of RSP Briefing Events has been concluded with an event at the University of Leeds.

Attendees heard from Pete Cliff (UKOLN and RSP), who presented a selection of recent events in the repository community, highlighting the various sites and resources for open access & repository news. Rachel Proudfoot (White Rose Research Online) led an engaging session on her insight and experiences with academic response to funding mandates. Rachel provided delegates with an overview on the development of research funders' mandates both at an international and UK national level; noting their particular prevalence here. Following this she examined how these activities had directly impacted on the White Rose Repository's activities; illustrated with case studies. Not unsurprisingly a lively discussion on funding mandates ensued.

After a successful RSP Speed-networking workshop, delegates were able to summarise some current issues which were discussed and will be fed back into RSP event planning.

Bill Hubbard (SHERPA and RSP) posed the question "The repository? What's its worth?". The audience discussed the costs and benefits that arose from running a repository; from which Bill illustrated the strategic value of a repository and the ways in which this can be demonstrated effectively. This was followed by an examination of how to meet differing stakeholder concerns and aspirations; and quantifying the real costs and benefits. Once again the talk provoked a lot of discussion from the gathered delegates.

Finally Julie Allinson (University of York) ran an engaging workshop on SWAP (Scholarly Works Application Profile) for beginners, which showed that SWAP is likely to be of great importance in the future and is worth engaging with in repository development plans.

Event slides are available through the RSP website.

This event brought the Phase 1 Professional Briefing series, and the RSP events programme for 2007 as a whole, to a satisfying conclusion - as one delegate noted "This has been the single best training event I have ever been to."

Dates for early 2008 have been announced, with more details and events to follow in the coming weeks.

More details on the RSP Professional Briefing series of events for 2008 can be found through the relevant pages of the RSP website.


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