Welsh Repository Network (WRN) launch

23rd February 2009, by

The Welsh Repository Network (WRN), a network of twelve institutional repositories within each of the higher education institutions (HEI) within Wales, was launched at the National Library of Wales on Thursday 19 th February, 2009.

The launch celebrated the success of the WRN Project; a project funded by the JISC in association with the Wales Higher Education Library Forum (WHELF), to provide each HEI in Wales with fiscal resources along with support via the Welsh arm of the RSP based at Aberystwyth University, to establish and operate effective, individual institutional repositories.

The WRN launch celebrated 100% coverage with respect to universities and repositories within the principality of Wales. This will allow the universities in Wales to not only preserve and protect their research, but also make available cutting edge research to the world, enabling more open dissemination of the ground breaking and world leading research undertaken across Wales through the Open Access movement.

Speaking at the launch Mr Andrew Green, Librarian of the National Library of Wales, described the development as a "mini revolution". Dr Andrew Prescott, Manager of Library Services at the University of Wales Lampeter, referred to the network as one of the most significant developments for universities since the introduction of University printing presses in the 16 th century.

The project also produced a suite of twelve case studies, documenting the hardware purchases of each institution (available from http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1881) to assist other universities to compare their profile with a case study of an institution with a similar background and infrastructure plan, and to gauge their hardware needs for repository support accordingly.

The following article, containing further details of the WRN project is available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1882 .

Lewis, S. and Payne, H. (2009). How the West was won: Providing repositories across the principality of Wales. ALISS Quarterly . 4(2), 18-22.

Further information about the WRN Project is available via the project website: http://whelf.ac.uk/wrn/index.shtml

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