What do we do next? Ideas for adding value to your repository SUETr Event, Lincoln, 10/2/08 Lucy Keating, e-repositories project officer, Robinson Library, Newcastle University lucy.keating@ ncl .ac.uk and Stephanie Taylor, SUETr
Newcastle e-prints service
Open access database of research produced by Newcastle University staff
Existed since 2005, in earnest since 2007
Mainly peer-reviewed published material
6,000 items, of which 1,500 are full text
All records from RAE 2008 deposited
Several hundred staff participating, thousands of downloads per month
In-house developed software, based on e-prints
Repository officer (me!) responsible for this and e-theses project
Main roles: advocacy and service development
44% response rate from staff to requests for full text
Launch of new research information service, MyImpact later this year
Single point of access for all research-related information
Much greater range of reports and analysis
E-prints will link in with it
Records downloaded from WoS and Scopus, generating automated full text request to author
Citation data available to enable analysis and preparation for REF
How it will work…..
Adding value to your repository
Beyond open access….
We know about OA, preservation, description… but what else can our repositories do?
“ A repository should be able to provide lots of benefits to its users. In particular, it should make things more valuable when they are deposits than when they are just files on a laptop.”
[Les Carr, repositoryman.blogspot.com]
CC 2.0 Picture credit: theogeo.blogspot.com
Adding value for depositors
Do deposits go into your repository to die…. ….or to be reborn?
Enable depositors to supply data once (preferably with zero effort), and then repurpose it
Output - create customised bibliographies, CVs, web sites, documents
Personalisation – incorporating into other sites - Pageflakes, iGoogle, Facebook, widgets…
There is no mandate to deposit in youtube or Flickr!
Interaction and linking- allowing others to contact, form groups, give feedback (tagging and rating, not just formal citations)
Keep up to date with RSS feeds (customised for individuals, research groups, format…)
“ Successful repositories (Flickr, YouTube, slideshare etc) promote the social activity that takes place around the content as well as the content management activity.”
[Andy Powell, Eduserv Foundation]
CC 2.0 pic credit: timcaynes.com
What can we do with content?
Displaying content in different ways
Visualising content (image wall, previews, tag cloud, timeline)
Broadening content type – e.g. non-text materials, data, learning objects
Adding value for the institution
Supporting the institution’s mission
Marketing, link in with press releases, recruitment…
Research management, REF procedures, career development
Data analysis – e.g. % of total research output in repository, % of staff depositing, breakdown by School, research group?…
Can your repository help generate income? Can it save money?
Can your repository save people time? Who?
Are you telling stakeholders about this?
Don’t become an afterthought!
Does your repository just make an appearance ‘at the end’ of the research process?
How can it become part of the research workflow…from first idea to final publication?
Blurring of distinction between journal and repository?
Advising and assisting with setting up OA journals
Enabling funder policy compliance
Part of everyday academic practice - ‘a mandate without a mandate’
e.g. Northampton University generates its annual research report entirely from NECTAR repository content – if you’re not in the repository, you won’t be in the report