Welcome to the LOCH Blog

Lessons in Open Access Compliance for Higher Education (LOCH) is a collaborative project looking at best practice in the management of Open Access within research-led universities.  The project is shared between the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the University of St Andrews, and has been funded by Jisc as part of its Open Access Good Practice programme.

The LOCH Project will provide a series of re-usable, Open Access resources which will be of use to practitioners working with Open Access in Higher Education Institutions across the UK over the next few years. These resources will outline the rich experiences of the three project partners of implementing systems to enable, verify and report on Open Access at each institution. The resources (case studies, workshops, webinars, work-flows etc.) support Jisc’s commitment to making compliance with Open Access requirements as easy as possible for researchers and as efficient as possible for all universities.

The University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and St Andrews University have long been committed to Open Access and already have a culture of sharing good practice between institutions. The three universities use the same CRIS system (PURE) and were joint submission partners in REF2014. The Universities vary in size and speciality but are all research led, and are already gearing up for reporting on Open Access activities for RCUK, as well as preparing for the new requirements for the post-2014 REF.  The LOCH Project enables the three partners to formalise existing collaborations and a culture of sharing information in a way which will benefit the wider Higher Education community in the UK.

Dominic Tate, University of Edinburgh