Update on SHERPA/REF

Work is continuing on the development phase of SHERPA/REF.  We anticipate that the beta version will be available in early June, and will initially inform contacts from our stakeholder engagement work in January.  We will then seek to obtain qualitative feedback from within that group.

We continue to discuss requirements with funders and today held an online focus group with research support staff to gather their opinions and reactions to the live beta service. This was valuable in exploring the level and complexity of information that should be displayed on the user interface.  The participants shared the instinct of CRC staff that a clean, simple interface is preferable, with opportunity to view more detail if required.