JISC Collections to Acquire Content Complete Ltd

JISC Collections, the organisation which manages the acquisition and provision of digital resources for universities and colleges in the UK, has reached an agreement to acquire Content Complete Ltd, the Oxfordshire-based licensing and negotiations company.

Content Complete was established in 2003 by Albert Prior and Paul Harwood with the aim of supporting organisations involved in licensing scholarly online content. The Company provides an outsourced service, representing clients in direct negotiations with publishers on pricing and licensing issues. Content Complete employs seven staff and has a range of clients in the academic, health and corporate sectors.

For the last six years, Content Complete has been JISC Collections’ Negotiation Agent for NESLi2, the UK’s online journal initiative for the higher education and research communities and has delivered significant savings as a result of this focused and centralised approach. The company has also worked very closely with JISC Collections on a range of projects and activities in this area including archiving, usage data, online journal business models and, more recently, e-textbooks.

Paul Harwood will join JISC Collections as Deputy CEO. Albert Prior has been reducing his working time at Content Complete with a view to retiring shortly, and will now take the opportunity to retire.

Contact:

Lorraine Estelle (l.estelle@jisc.ac.uk)

Albert Prior (aprior@contentcomplete.com)

Paul Harwood (pharwood@contentcomplete.com)

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