Status update on the UKRR becoming a service, May 2019

Exterior of Boston Spa Storage Building

We're progressing with our transition of the UKRR from a project to a service.

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Until the routine submission process is up-and-running, organisations are invited to submit 'Expressions of Interest' in order to for us to start planning. If you wish to submit an Expression of Interest, please get in touch and let us know the number of Journals and metreage you are looking to de-duplicate. Further details such as estimated percentage of ISSNs present are also appreciated.

We are finalising the system development and Larch integration which is aimed to complete by mid-June pending further testing. In order to thoroughly test the new system and processes, we have been trialling lists from three organisations. Following this trial we have uncovered some interesting edge cases, such as journal titles with of over 90 characters and title changes of up to 2,000 characters, as well as journals in German, French, Spanish, Russian and Swedish!

The Final UKRR Programme Board is planned to meet on the 23rd May to formally close down the project and finalise transition details. The main discussion point will be the issue of the Final Report by the Imperial College team outlining the benefits the project has delivered since its conception. 

On the 9th May the British Library (Boston Spa) received a visit from Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism. During his tour, the Minsiter was especially interested to hear about the UKRR project, what it has delivered in terms of tangible benifits and how it will sunsequently continue as a British Library run service.

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UK Research Reserve

UK Research Reserve (UKRR) lets libraries de-duplicate their journal holdings and save space.