The SafeNet project has been officially underway for nine months, starting with the release of an outline plan in August 2014. Work has progressed well since then, and the following summary provides the main markers of recent activity with an indication of the next steps.
We summarised the initial findings of the survey of HE institutions which ran during January.
Prior to that, earlier in January, the SafeNet project group met at the Jisc offices in London for a face-to-face meeting that included colleagues from Jisc and EDINA as well as contributors to the project from RLUK and Stanford University.
The group converged to discuss work carried out and planning for the future. The team reviewed project activity that included, at that stage, consultations with publishers and the beginning of consultations with libraries around the pain points of post cancellation access. Consideration was also given to access triggers, content scope, community development and the eventual negotiations with publishers regarding the intended local load agreement.
Aims for the six month period following the meeting, up to our next face-to-face in July 2015, include drafting and testing a publisher participation agreement for the service, planning the service infrastructure, and developing community engagement. These elements will be addressed in tandem with the practicalities of building a service platform.
The publisher participation agreement is in the final stages of revision and should be ready by July 2015 as planned. Setting up the service infrastructure is progressing and we are investigating options for hosting and co-location. In terms of community outreach the first meeting of the advisory group took place in York at the end of March and we aim to take advantage of the input the group have to offer to ensure the resulting service meets the needs of the community.
Development of the Entitlement Registry has progressed. The Entitlement Registry now has a user interface which will be tested and refined over the coming months. Publisher and library test data has been kindly supplied for testing and Magaly Bascones of the KB+ service has been very helpful, providing insights into data held for NESLi2 deals. This data will form the basis for initial testing.
Finally, SafeNet has attracted international attention and resulted in conversations with both German and Italian colleagues who are also exploring the national hosting problem space. More information on these and similar initiatives will feature in a future post.
You can follow the project developments through until next Summer via the SafeNet blog.