Digital Research to suit your needs

With a collective 35 years of experience in digital information, repositories, libraries, archives, metadata and software development our team of specialists are ready for any research technology challenge.

We are part of the communities we work with and are committed to building software that the community wants. Everything we do is built on open source software and any software we create is made openly available for others to adapt and modify.


What We Do

Our consultancy services can get you started, helping you look at options and decide what is best for your organisation from a technical and non-technical perspective. We have expertise and experience in analysis and design across the broad remit of scholarly communications.
Where we can help:

  • Compliance and policy
  • Analysis and recommendations for institutional workflows
  • Customisable solutions
  • Software development and customisation
  • System and data migration
  • Systems integration

We offer solutions from entry-level systems for small organisations to fully customised systems for organisations with very specific requirements.

Our basic repository package includes:

  • Server hosting

  • Storage and repository software

  • Support and maintenance package

Our customisable packages would include all of the elements in the basic package, plus bespoke feature development and tailoring to meet your needs e.g. applying custom branding, integrating with third party systems and bespoke plugin developments.

We provide regular Service Review Calls for all of our customers to ensure we keep in touch regularly. We offer high-quality support via our ticketing system Service Now, which is supported by our service desk. 
This means you won't be left in the dark once your repository is up and running.

Our discovery packages have been put together to help you think about where to start, and how our team of experts can help and advise you to find the best solutions. We are able to help you review and asess your current repository or help you capture ideas for designing a new one. We can suggest new tools and technologies that might be a solution you had not thought of, and as we're product neutral, we are only interested in the best fit available.

Once you have decided on your new initiative, we can help implement and smooth the transition from old to new with migration of data and integration. We can also carry out a technical health check of your existing platform and provide you with a detailed audit. Adding to this, we can also provide bespoke training for your team on all aspects of your repository.

Our Work

A publications repository showcasing the research and reports funded and published by this independent charity. By providing a platform for discovery and dissemination of their research, this repository is a part of the overall mission of the organisation to promote greater understanding of healthcare policy and practice among the general public and health communities.

Kings Fund Digital Archive


An Open Access publications repository that is designed to manage the research work published by staff at London South Bank University. This repository supports the discovery and delivery of all the research publications that can be made available under Open Access model, a model supported by the institution as part of their commitment to the sharing and reuse of work within the research community and the wider world.

London South Bank University Open Repository

A research data repository, built to support a pilot service at Birkbeck College, University of London. Birkbeck is an institution that is heavily involved in research and has a world-wide reputation in as a research-intensive institution. This repository is designed to support a pilot service that allows researchers from the college to upload their research data and get a DOI. The pilot service plays a key role in the commitment of Birkbeck to manage the research data created by their staff.

Birkbeck Research Data

A series of image-heavy collections including digitised natural history specimens, historical plant and animal illustrations, digitised historical diaries and notebooks, including a zoom function to give close-view access to the delicate, unique images. This repository is designed to support the Society, now entering its third century, to provide a continuous forum for the discussion of life sciences by making available online key parts of the collection in digital formats.


Find out more

Let us know your interest and a member of our Digital Research team will contact you as soon as possible.

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Tools & Technologies we work with

We offer a hosted repository service for publications or data using the EPrints open source repository software.
We provide and maintain all the repository infrastructure, allowing Repository Managers to concentrate on managing their content. Our EPrints repository platforms include a number of plugins to help with data description, HEFCE and funder compliance and more.

We build and host bespoke repository solutions using the open source Samvera framework. Samvera allows storage of any type of digital files, big or small, for the purposes of access and/or digital archiving.
We can offer out of the box solutions, like Hyku, the "feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository", and Avalon, the digital audio and video media system. As well as this, we can create a bespoke repository customised for your requirements, based on the Hyrax repository engine. A range of plugins provides additional functionality, such as: 

  • IIIF search
  • DataCite DOIs
  • Bespoke metadata models

Beyond the repository, we can build discovery interfaces to search across multiple data sources with the Blacklight suite of tools, and integrate with preservation systems and more.


In partnership with Arkivum, we offer tenanted access to the Arkivim archival storage network with their 100% data integrity guarantee. When integrated with your repository, Arkivum archival storage can support an efficient environment for managing all research outputs, whether data or publications to meet funder requirements for long-term preservation. This can be integrated with your repository. 


The Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project to expand and improve access to research.

Open Journal Software

Meet the Research Technologies Team

Rory Mcnicholl - Research Technologies Lead Developer

Rory has worked on projects and services relating to scholarly communication and research data since 2001.

Michele Morelli - Junior Developer

Michele deals with the day-to-day technical development and support requests. He is taking a part-time MSc in Computer Science, and enjoys spending his time coding Python, Perl and C.

Julie Allinson - Lead Developer (Samvera)

Julie has worked with repositories for over 12 years and has been active in the Samvera community. Julie started out as a Librarian, strayed into archives and has now moved over to the technical side.