The Committee

Agendas and minutes of UKCoRR committee meetings are now available.

UKCoRR Chair

The role of Chair involves:

  • leading on the strategic direction, operational planning and political stance for the Group, with support from the Committee
  • acting as a spokesperson for UKCoRR to stakeholders and the community, liaising with Jisc, UUK, publishers and others
  • sitting on Committees and projects groups as invited (and as thought politic by the Committee)
  • chairing the monthly committee teleconferences, and the UKCoRR Members’ Days
  • leading on drafting responses to consultations and other relevant policy and political movements in the area; and responsible for collating feedback to the drafts from the membership, and updating the responses as appropriate
  • the Chair is often the most publicly visible part of UKCoRR, so requests for membership of groups, committees and events should come to the Chair. These are then shared with other members of the Committee as appropriate

Nicola Dowson Open University – UKCoRR Chair

Nicola Dowson

Nicola is Senior Library Services Manager for research support at the Open University Library.

Her role involves working in partnership across the University to develop products and services that support the University’s research activity.

This includes responsibility for the University’s institutional repository Open Research Online (ORO) and promoting open access . Nicola is a member of the RCUK Open Access Practitioners Group.


UKCoRR Secretary

The role of the UKCoRR Secretary involves:

  • organising regular Committee meetings, including requesting availability and setting meeting dates; and requesting agenda items, collating and circulating committee meeting agendas (meetings are usually 1 hour long teleconferences, held every 4-6 weeks)
  • keeping meetings to time, and taking notes, capturing actions and circulating these to committee members
  • maintaining records on UKCoRR committee processes and tools (such as the teleconference access details and methods, the UKCoRR Gmail account, and acting as a list owner for the “UKCORR-COMMITTEE” JISCMail list
  • managing UKCoRR’s membership processes and records, and acting as a list owner for the “UKCORR-DISCUSSION” JISCMail list (this includes maintaining the membership list; dealing with requests to join UKCoRR in a timely way, and in accordance with UKCoRR’s membership guidelines – http://ukcorr.org/membership/email-list/; and disseminating membership updates to the “UKCORR-DISCUSSION” JISCMail list)
  • contributing to the general work of the Committee and UKCoRR, including planning and participating in Members’ days

Dr Arthur Smith, University of Cambridge – UKCoRR Secretary

Arthur is the Acting Joint Head of Scholarly Communication (Open Access) at the University of Cambridge.


UKCoRR External Liaison Officer

The External Liaison Officer acts as a contact point for UKCoRR’s external relations. The role involves:

  • sending emails, writing blog posts and other announcements, both to the UKCoRR mailing list but also to other Scholarly Communications organisations (CILIP, UKSG, Jisc etc.) with UKCoRR’s news
  • disseminating incoming emails/requests to appropriate UKCoRR members to respond
  • occasionally providing presentations and webinars on behalf of UKCoRR, and representing the Committee at events and meetings
  • following updates from other Scholarly Communications organisations, engaging with them and discovering collaboration opportunities
  • participating in regular committee meetings
  • promoting UKCoRR’s tweets and other communication activities
  • assisting with the organisation of Members’ Days

Jenny Basford, British Library – External Liaison Officer

Jenny is the Repository Services Specialist at the British Library and has also worked at Middlesex University within an Open Access role.


UKCoRR Technical Officer

The role of Technical Officer requires a good knowledge of repository software and Current Research Information Systems, relevant protocols and standards (e.g. OAI-PMH, SWORD, RIOXX etc.), along with an understanding of the broader scholarly communications ecosystem and relevant service providers (e.g. ORCID, Jisc Publication Router, CORE, Europe PMC, IRUS-UK etc.)

The role involves:

  • maintaining the visibility of UKCoRR as a source of technical expertise in the sector, by:
    • acting as a point of contact for technical aspects of repository development for the UKCoRR membership and wider community
    • commenting on technical issues as they relate to repositories, open access and scholarly communication via the mailing list, UKCoRR blog and other suitable outlets
    • contributing to members’ events from a technical perspective
    • liaising with other key stakeholders on technical developments, notably Jisc, and contributing to their consultation and outreach events

George Macgregor, University of Strathclyde – Technical Officer

George MacGregor, Information Services

George is the Repository Coordinator at the University of Strathclyde.

His interests are in structured open data (esp. within Semantic Web and repository contexts), information retrieval, distributed digital repositories and human-computer interaction (HCI).

He supports the development of repository infrastructure at Strathclyde as well as supporting institutional activities in the areas of open science and digital scholarship.

Prior to his current role George worked in digital library research and academia.


UKCoRR Web & Publicity Officer

The role involves:

  • Updating the UKCORR website
  • Promoting UKCORR through social media
  • Actively engaging members to share information and knowledge
  • Managing an active knowledge base of community resources

 

Chris Manning, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – Web & Publicity Officer

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Chris is the Digital Services & Collections Librarian at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  One of Chris’ remits is overseeing the Research Publications team at LSHTM which runs the Institutional Repository, LSHTM Research Online and supports Open Access and Scholarly Communication at the School.

 


Committee Members ‘without portfolio’

During 2017, as part of promoting and expanding the work of UKCoRR, the decision was taken to expand the Committee to enable a wider range of activities to be undertaken.  This led to the creation of the group of committee members who serve without a specific portfolio.

Current Committee Members serving ‘without portfolio’ are:

  • Suzanne Atkins, University of Birmingham
  • Nick Sheppard, University of Leeds
  • Yvonne Budden, University of Warwick
  • Bev Jones, University of Lincoln
  • Stephanie Meece, University of the Arts London
  • Annette Ramsden, University of Central Lancashire
  • Alison Sutton, University of Reading

 

Past UKCoRR Committee Members

  • Yvonne Budden, UKCoRR Chair, August 2012 – January 2018
  • Nancy Pontika, UKCoRR External Liaison Officer, August 2013-January 2018
  • Nick Sheppard, UKCoRR Technical Officer, May 2010 – January 2018
  • Nicola Siminson, UKCoRR Secretary, April 2014 – January 2018
  • Paul Stainthorp, UKCoRR Web & Publicity Officer, 2012 – 2016
  • Katie Evans, UKCoRR Secretary, September 2012 – April 2014
  • Anne Spalding, UKCoRR External Liaison Officer, Jan 2013 – August 2013
  • Dominic Tate, UKCoRR External Liaison Officer, March 2009 – January 2013
  • Jackie Wickham, UKCoRR Secretary, July 2011 – August 2012
  • Gareth J. Johnson, UKCoRR Chair, March 2011 – August 2012
  • Graham Stone, UKCoRR Chair, April 2010 – March 2011
  • Nicky Cashman, UKCoRR Secretary, December 2009 – July 2011
  • Jenny Delasalle, UKCoRR Chair, March 2009 – March 2010
  • Mary Robinson, UKCoRR Secretary, March 2009 – November 2009