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SHERPA is pleased to announce that the project has been successful as a (non-funded) partner in a bid to JISC for a new project - EThOS.
The purpose of EThOS is to deliver, over a period of 18 months, a fully operational, easily scaleable and financially viable prototype UK e-theses online service. This service will enable end-users to access the full text of electronically stored theses from a UK Database of Theses (UKDoT) via one single web interface. This will enable Higher Education institutions, in partnership with the British Library, to ensure a much higher level of national and international visibility for the UK postgraduate research output, as well as its preservation in perpetuity.
This relates to SHERPA work in many ways and the project will provide review and guidance on project work where appropriate. SHERPA will be particularly interested in work packages which look at the development and integration of rights and permission procedures and the production of a start-up e-theses toolkit for institutions. The principle partners are the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) and the British Library, with the University of Glasgow as the lead institution. The complete list of partners is as follows: CURL and the British Library, in partnership with Cranfield University, the National Library of Wales, The Robert Gordon University, SHERPA (consortium partner led by the University of Nottingham), the University of Birmingham, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow (lead institution), the University of Southampton and the University of Warwick.