What We Do

We work for funders, libraries, consortia, publishers, and universities to enable innovative collaboration and new perspectives.

We have extensive experience working with leading funders, libraries, consortia, subscription agents, vendors, and publishers. We have a strategic overview of the rapidly changing information landscape, and the important trends and opportunities this change brings, coupled with decades of combined management experience. We have unique networks of influence, and are trusted to enhance understanding and build positive relationships between stakeholders. We enjoy convening expert groups to develop, pilot, and deploy new strategies, policies, products and services and negotiate access to content and services.

We have a track record in developing and delivering innovative services and business models. All of us have been involved in exciting developments in information services including initiatives in accessibility, digital preservation, consortial licensing, content management, electronic publishing, open access, open science, standards, and identifiers. When needed, we are able to tap into a broad network of consultants with further specialist skills.

Transitions to Open Access

  • Society publishers have a crucially important role to play in scholarly communications, and we are delighted to be delivering the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA OPS) project on behalf of the Wellcome Trust, UKRI, and ALPSP.
  • We have investigated the total cost of ownership of journal collections carrying out detailed analysis of data from UK institutions between 2007 to early 2014, mapping the landscape particularly with reference to hybrid journal models and modelling the true cost for institutions of compliance with open access policies.
  • Successful transition requires dialogue and so we were pleased to designed and project managed the workshop and community consultation for the reportĀ Open Access Fees and the Hybrid Journal.

Collaborative Solutions

  • For many university libraries, space shortage remains a major challenge, particularly balancing the need for increasing study space whilst some physical collections continue to grow. We were invited by The National Monograph Steering Group (NMSG), comprised of representatives from RLUK, the British Library, Jisc, HEFCE, SCONUL and UKRR to investigate the feasibility of collaborative monograph solutions for UK libraries.
  • Consortia worldwide are struggling to find sustainable and cost-effective business models for purchasing e-books, and so for Jisc we ran the e-book consortia pilot to trial methods for collaborative licensing of individual titles.