Jisc Monitor – Panning for Gold: Reflections of Requirements Capture and Verification (by David Kay, Sero Consulting) | Jisc Monitor
"The Jisc Collections and Mimas team, working with development partners Cottage Labs, Knowledge Integration and Sero Consulting, is at the start of a one year pilot that will develop services to help universities monitor publication activity, comply with funder OA policies and monitor associated publication charges. This will be supported by an exploration of the standards and protocols enabling efficient data exchange. Given the waves of change relating to Open Access throughout the supply chain, from submission to publication and deposit, the Monitor development plan has an intense focus on requirements – first on establishing and validating priorities and then using rapid prototyping to understand where and how a shared service might help all involved. Ahead of community workshops starting on 8th July, we have collected 135 high level statements of requirements (or ‘User Stories’) from the reports of UK stakeholder groups, projects and events. That represents a significant scale of interest and concern! On the receiving end, it feels a bit like prospecting for gold ... For our part in Jisc Monitor, we need to act wisely – to spot the blind alley, to recognise fool’s gold, to weigh potentially competing options, to look for synergies. Most importantly, we need to recognise that this ecosystem is not the exclusive preserve of publishers, of institutions or of academics and therefore that standards may take deepest root when seeded in artful compromise. That’s easy to say but challenging to live by – especially when Jisc Monitor needs to demonstrate useful systems opportunities within 12 months. Thankfully, it is also clear that the community not only recognizes the complexity of the challenge but also has the will to help clarify and prioritise, to balance a perfect but theoretical future against a practically achievable present. Furthermore we’re aware that publishers recognise the same imperatives – that there is a limit to the business that can be done without some mutually agreed semblance of order. Indeed, today’s inbox brought strong and welcome advice from a respected international open access publisher, recommending to Monitor that we need to work together:  To solve the administration issue first, ahead of resetting business relationships, by working together on standards, formats, reports, etc  To focus on specifics versus just saying 'we need standards' (for example, for deposit in to an institutional repository)  To understand how systems and processes will scale when volume increases My correspondent concluded that ‘perhaps UK librarians can take the lead and the rest of the world will follow’. Thankfully we are reassured that other projects such as SHARE in the US want to collaborate with us in the same problem space ... So what are we doing to this end? ..."