SHERPA Services at Open Repositories 2013

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We are glad to announce that several members of SHERPA Services staff will be attending and presenting at Open Repositories 2013, in Prince Edward Island, Canada next week.


Presentations by SHERPA Services include:

Peter Millington – Plenary: Compliance with Funders’ Mandates – FACT

Peter Millington – 24/7: Counting on OpenDOAR

Azhar Hussain – 24/7: An Investigation into Journal Research Data Policies: Lessons from the JoRD Project

Azhar Hussain – Poster: An Investigation into Journal Research Data Policies: Lessons from the JoRD Project


Further details of the conference schedule can be found here.

Please note that there may be a delay in replying to enquiries during the week of 8th-12th July.

RoMEO and JULIET at Open Repositories 2012

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We will be giving presentations on RoMEO and JULIET as part of  UKRN: Workshop: UK RepositoryNet+: showcase of Wave 1 service components and ideas workshop for Wave 2  on Tuesday morning, in Appleton Tower, as part of Open Repositories 2012. If you would like to attend this workshops, tickets can be booked here.

UKRepositoryNet+  is a JISC-funded project to support Open Access publishing through a UK national service based around Institutional Repositories. RoMEO and JULIET are two of the Wave 1 service components, along side the R-J Broker and ORI, both based at EDINA and IRUS-UK based at Mimas.

We look forward to catching up with you all at the conference. If you are unable to attend, the has tag for this years conference is #OR2012.

Azhar, Jane and Peter

RoMEO’s Minute of Madness

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Our poster entitled ‘SHERPA/RoMEO Journals Beta 3.6‘ presented at Open Repositories 2011 was introduced during the conference’s Minute Madness session with the following poem:

Archiving is a tale of woe
Without the help of RoMEO.
It may seem simple at first sight
To work out who owns copyright,
But when you publish you may find
You have to give up what is thine.

Your publisher may or may not
Let you deposit what you wrote
And many make you wait a year
If you’re prepared to persevere.
Yet others think they’re being nice
To let you archive for a price.

Now RoMEO will help you see
The essence of their policies,
Plus what it is they really mean
When things are not quite what they seem
And RoMEO has grown again
Since we last spoke at OR10.

We’ve built a journals database
And modified our interface.
More journals and more policies,
More timeliness and clarity.
Which makes our data more precise
When you are searching for advice.

Our data yields the evidence
To advocate with confidence.
And we’ve produced a chart that’s new
That shows what journals let you do
So take a look, and you will see
Good news for your repository.

Peter (with apologies to The Bard)


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Both Peter and Azhar will be attending the CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication  (OAI7) in June.

Peter will be presenting a poster on How SHERPA/RoMEO lubricates the CRIS Publication List –  Repository Interface

This poster will give an overview of how RoMEO is used in CRIS and bibliographic applications. It will also outline the technical issues surrounding them, offer efficiency tips, and discuss some of the ways in which the RoMEO API could be improved to make CRIS-repository interfaces even slicker.

They are both interested in talking to fellow delegates about all aspects of RoMEO.

Jane, Peter and Azhar


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After a nice break for Easter and the Royal Wedding, we are gearing up to attend the summers’ conferences.

First up is Open Repositories 2011, Austin, Texas, where we will have 3 posters presentations.

  • RoMEO International Partnerships – Covering the results of existing partnerships and how we hope to improve the facilities for our partners.
  • SHERPA/RoMEO Journals – Progress on our own journal database and the trials and tribbles involved.
  • Developing a sustainable Business Model for SHERPA RoMEO (issues, challenges and lessons learnt) – It’s a recession! We need to survive, so we’ll be discussing the development of a sustainable model.

Open Repositories gives us the chance to catch up with colleagues on the cliff face as well as developers, from around the world. Allowing us to discuss how best we can help them do their job and how they can assist us in improving the coverage of RoMEO. At OR10, in Madrid we met up with colleagues from Blimunda to discuss our partnership – more about that and other collaborations in our poster above!

We will all be this conference, so please get in touch if you want to discuss anything with us, and we will try and arrange time to chat.

Jane, Peter & Azhar

RoMEO Posters comes 2nd place in Poster Competition at Open Repositories 2010

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Last week we attended Open Repositories 2010, in Madrid, were we presented a poster on the Major Improvements to the RoMEO Service (Poster 13).

I am delighted to say that after a delegate vote, we came 2nd place in the Poster Competition.

We offer our congratualtions to the Winners- Poster 2 (Colin Smith and Chris Yates from the Open University) and the Runners up – Poster 7 (MELIBEA). Photos of the presentations being awarded can be seen on Flickr, and additional photos of the Poster Displays.

The abstracts of all of the posters presented can be seen here.

Blimunda Project

We also held a productive meeting with representatives of the Blimunda project, and are looking forward to working with them to host the policies for Portugeuse language titles.


RoMEO at OR10, Madrid

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We are in the final stages of preperation for Open Repositories 2010, in Madrid, next week.

We will be presenting a poster on the Major Improvements and Developments witinh RoMEO.  So do come and see us during the Poster session, or if you miss us then, the poster will be up for the whole conference, so there is plenty of time to read them all.

I understand the organisers are arranging ‘mailboxes’ for each poster so if you can’t spot us in person, do feel free to leave messages and we will do our best to get back to you either during or after the conference as appropriate.

If you want to arrange a meeting with either myself or Peter Millington, please let us know and we can make arrangements. Before the conference, you can comment here or  email us at romeo(at) or during the conference via @SHERPAServices on Twitter, to discuss issues or arrange a meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all next week!


RoMEO Demo Slides Now Available.

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If you missed our demonstration on Tuesday morning at the JISC Conference, our slides can be found here:

Millington, Peter and Smith, Jane H., RoMEO Service & Developments, JISC Conference 2010, London, 12-13 April 2010

Additional information regarding presentations at the conference can be found on the JISC conference website.

Jane & Peter

RoMEO Demo at JISC Conference 2010

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On the 13thApril, 9am sharp in the Henry Moore Room, QE2 Conference Centre, London- we will be giving a demonstration on RoMEO at the JISC Conference.

This demo will show the current status of RoMEO, outline future developments and act as an opportunity to get feedback from users, answer questions on API use and promote best practice.

Do come along and ask us anything about RoMEO!

We will be attending the rest of the conference, so if you can’t make the Demo, do feel free to approach us at any time.

Jane & Peter

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