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      About SHERPA

      Mission  |  Partners |  Affiliate Partners |  Working with SHERPA  |  Staff  |   Governance


      The original SHERPA partnership was formed for the SHERPA project (2002-2006) and drew from research-led universities with an active interest in establishing an example of a then-new concept - an open access institutional repository. After a year, the original 7 development partners were joined by 6 more partners to form a partnership of 21 individual institutions. We now have 34 partners and affiliates overall, consisting of 32 HE institutions, the STFC and the British Library.

      SHERPA achieved its original goals ahead of schedule and within budget and has been an active presence on the developing field of institutional repository use. The partnership has now gone on to collaborate in a number of other open access projects.

      The partnership is a large and varied consortium and has within its membership a range of examples of repository environments and institutional structures. The partners are all research-led institutions, all with practical experience of building and populating eprint repositories. As such they are well placed to take full advantage of the facilities that eprint repositories and extended-data repositories can offer. This strong and varied consortial background offers the ideal environment for exploring and testing ideas for repository development, which can be evaluated and disseminated to the wider community.

      Map showing SHERPA Partner Locations


      SHERPA Partners

      • University of Nottingham (lead)
      • University of Birmingham
      • University of Bristol
      • University of Cambridge
      • University of Durham
      • University of Edinburgh
      • University of Glasgow
      • London LEAP Consortium
      • University of Newcastle
      • University of Oxford
      • White Rose Partnership
      • Arts and Humanities Data Service (now dissolved)
      • The British Library

      Affiliate Partners

      • Brunel University
      • Cranfield University
      • University of Exeter
      • University of Leicester
      • University of Liverpool
      • University of Salford
      • Sheffield Hallam University
      • University of St Andrews
      • STFC
      • Trinity College Dublin

      Affiliate Partners join with other partners in a mailing list and web services, and are able to take part in the wider collaboration and consultation work on repository issues within the project. The SHERPA Management Group welcome applications: further details are available

      Consortium-Partner details

      • London LEAP Consortium
        • Birkbeck College
        • Goldsmiths College
        • Imperial College
        • Institute of Cancer Research
        • Kings College
        • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
        • Queen Mary
        • Royal Holloway
        • School of Advanced Study (SAS)
        • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
        • School of Pharmacy (SoP)
        • University College, London (UCL)
      • White Rose Partnership
        • University of Leeds
        • University of Sheffield
        • University of York

      Working with SHERPA

      The SHERPA partner institutions are an existing consortium, with well established managerial support, communications and working practices. As such we are well placed to take advantage of our past work to launch into new areas of repository development. The range of projects and issues the partnership is addressing shows the depth of knowledge and experience that is being built.

      The SHERPA partnership is a large, diverse and representative body of institutions. Partner institutions range from smaller specialised bodies such as SOAS, through to large, diverse Universities like Cambridge and Oxford. The partnership includes the British Library and the Arts and Humanities Development Service with their skills and experience in intellectual property rights, data preservation and collection management.

      The partners are all research-led institutions, prominent in the research profile of the UK and are well placed to take full advantage of the facilities that eprint repositories and extended-data repositories can offer. While the majority of institutions use EPrints software, three partners use DSpace for their principle repositories and one uses an in-house system. SHERPA contains two consortial partners, who have different organisational structures. The White Rose Partnership shares a repository, along with joint advocacy, development and presentation. The London LEAP consortium takes advantage of joint technical working but presents seven different repositories to its end users, with individual development paths for the repositories themselves.

      This strong and varied consortial background offers the ideal environment for exploring and testing ideas for repository development.


      Central Staff

      Co-DirectorsPartnership Manager, CRC Team

      Repository Officers

      British LibraryBirkbeckBirminghamBristolCambridgeDurhamEdinburghGlasgowGoldsmiths, Imperial, ICR, KingsLeedsNewcastle, NottinghamOxfordQueen Mary , Royal HollowaySheffield, SAS, SOAS SoPUCLYork,


      Day to day management of the project overall is by the SHERPA Partnership Manager, Bill Hubbard, based at the CRC, University of Nottingham. He liaises with other projects, interested institutions, organisations and initiatives. Enquiries and comments on the work of the project should be made to him in the first instance. He is supported by the CRC team.

      SHERPA has two co-Directors, Stephen Pinfield and Caroline Williams, who both oversee the management of the project and ensure adherence to the strategic direction of the SHERPA Managent Group. They also maintain liaison with other interested institutions and scholarly bodies and represent the interests and management of the project at senior inter-institutional levels and within RLUK.

      Work at individual institutions is under the control of Repository Officers. Enquiries about project work at specific sites can be made to individual Repository Officers.

      As part of the formal management structure of SHERPA, a management group for the CRC has been set up to oversee the development of the partnership in the longer term as part of its remit. Membership has been drawn from within the project and the HE community. Contact the SHERPA Partnership Manager for more information.

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