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A new Centre for research and development in open access at the University of Nottingham

The way that research is communicated around the world is changing rapidly, opening access for more people to more research than has been available before. This brings change, challenges and exciting opportunities for authors, investigators and others in the research process.

The SHERPA team at the University of Nottingham are pleased to announce the formation of a new research centre -- the Centre for Research Communications (CRC). This will be based at the University and will help to support and inform these changes and new ideas. The CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University.

These include the home of the SHERPA partnership; the open access services RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR; the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and the University contribution to the European and international projects DRIVER, Dart-Europe and NECOBELAC. Project and service funders include JISC, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and SPARCEurope. The CRC will also act as a focus for new work in the area both within the University and nationally.

Bill Hubbard has been appointed as Head of the CRC: "We aim to develop innovative research and development activities across the whole field of research communication. This is an exciting time for authors and researchers. We are beginning to leave behind straightforward electronic analogues of our centuries-old print world and realise the possibilities of new and far richer forms of research communication."

The SHERPA team and others will be working over the coming weeks to establish the CRC and promote its activities -- more details soon!


Contact:
Bill Hubbard
Centre for Research Communications
crc@nottingham.ac.uk

Centre for Research Communications
Greenfield Medical Library
University of Nottingham
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
UK

Email crc@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel +44(0) 115 846 7657
Fax +44(0) 115 846 8244

5th June 2009

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