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2019: Chest enters new era by joining Jisc

On 1 January 2019 Jisc and Eduserv are merging

 Chest will continue to operate its services within the new organisation

General Questions

The merger of two of the UK’s leading technology not-for-profit organisations in the field of education, government and charities will bring together expertise in digital and data technology solutions.

1 January 2019

Jisc is a not-for-profit membership organisation that provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Post-merger, the combined entity 'Jisc' will provide digital solutions to education and research, public sector, healthcare and commercial organisations around the world.

Eduserv is a not-for-profit technology partner of education, public and third sector organisations. Eduserv is comprised of three business units: Chest, OpenAthens and Eduserv Cloud Services.

Jisc and Eduserv are not-for-profit tech companies that provide digital solutions to their customers and members. The merger will build on our strengths and expertise for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

Jisc

One Castlepark, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JA

Chest (A Jisc Enterprise, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB. Please send any Chest licence or order forms to this address.

We are merging to bring together our respective knowledge and expertise for the benefit of all our customers and members. Together we'll power and inspire the transformation of world-wide lifelong learning and research. We'll do this by: Promoting the adoption and use of standards-based information technology, enriching the educational experience and improving the quality of research and providing thought leadership. The merger will create new opportunities for customers and members to help shape the new organisation and the services we can offer going forward.

There will be no immediate change to the Chest service post-merger; we will continue to deliver trusted, value-for-money licences for software and online resources. By sharing the skills and talent within the new combined organisation Chest will be able to meet new licensing challenges and opportunities.

There are no immediate plans to change the Chest website other than continuous improvements that are already in the pipeline.

For Chest Agreement Customers

These answers are intended for all organisations that benefit from Chest Agreement licences.

By sharing the skills and talent within the new combined organisation Chest will be able to meet new licensing challenges and opportunities.

There will be no change to how you engage with Chest and you will continue to benefit from any of the value-for-money licences that are open to organisations outside the academic sector.

There will be no change to how you engage with Chest and you will continue to benefit from the value-for-money licences negotiated by Chest.

Contact the Chest Help Desk at help@chest.ac.uk or call 0300 121 0878 as usual.

Continue to visit https://www.chest.ac.uk/

There will be no change for the immediate future.

After 1 January 2019 your Purchase Orders should be made out to JISC and the invoices we send out will show the bank details. Any invoices issued prior to 1 January should be paid to Eduserv.

Yes. In all Chest Agreements the licensor is the supplier of the licensed resources and your rights will remain unchanged until the end of your licence term.

There will be no change for the foreseeable future.

No

There are no current plans to provide this at the moment.

No, your licence is between your institution and the supplier and that is not changing, novation is therefore unnecessary.

We will make these available via the Chest website as soon as we have received them. Please advise Chest Help if you need a copy.

For Chest Agreement Suppliers

These answers are intended for all software vendors and publishers that licence their resources through Chest Agreement.

By sharing the skills and talent within the new combined organisation Chest will be able to meet new licensing challenges and opportunities.

Contact your key Chest Contact; Ben Offiler, Howard Moody or Nikki Rowe.

All contracts will transfer to the new legal entity 'Jisc'. If you have any queries about this please contact your key Chest Contact; Ben Offiler, Howard Moody or Nikki Rowe.

Until 1 January 2019 invoice Eduserv in the ususal way. Your key Chest Contact will be in touch to advise you of changes to this once the merger is complete.

For other organisations

Chest collaborates with a number of other organisations either through membership, sponsorship or participation in events.

The ongoing success of Chest Agreements relies on collaboration so these joint activities will continue.

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