Repository policy at  The University of Northampton Miggie Pickton NECTAR  Repository Manager [email_address] SUETr Reposi...
Which came first: repository or policy? <ul><li>Policy! </li></ul><ul><li>We started to think about ‘policy’ before any of...
Talking, talking, talking… <ul><li>The NECTAR project Steering Group produced a ‘ briefing sheet ’ outlining the principle...
OpenDOAR <ul><li>With agreement on the principles, we turned to policy - and we discovered the  OpenDOAR  policy tool </li...
More talking, talking, talking… <ul><li>We carried on talking: </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of committees and research groups:  ...
Policy and practice <ul><li>Of course translating our policies into practice hasn’t all been plain-sailing </li></ul><ul><...
URLs <ul><li>NECTAR   http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>NECTAR  briefing sheet   http://nectar.northampto...
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  1. 1. Repository policy at The University of Northampton Miggie Pickton NECTAR Repository Manager [email_address] SUETr Repository Policy Event National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 18th February 2009
  2. 2. Which came first: repository or policy? <ul><li>Policy! </li></ul><ul><li>We started to think about ‘policy’ before any of these: </li></ul><ul><li>Project planning </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing software </li></ul><ul><li>Defining repository structure and organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Specifying operational details </li></ul><ul><li>And especially before gathering content </li></ul>
  3. 3. Talking, talking, talking… <ul><li>The NECTAR project Steering Group produced a ‘ briefing sheet ’ outlining the principles which we thought should govern the repository. </li></ul><ul><li>We talked to everyone: </li></ul><ul><li>Research leaders, research managers, research administrators, researchers, technical folk, metadata experts, copyright experts… </li></ul><ul><li>The university’s Research Committee </li></ul><ul><li>A Pro Vice Chancellor </li></ul><ul><li>A focus group of senior researchers </li></ul><ul><li>And (of course) our colleagues in the repository community </li></ul>
  4. 4. OpenDOAR <ul><li>With agreement on the principles, we turned to policy - and we discovered the OpenDOAR policy tool </li></ul><ul><li>The tool defines ‘minimum’ and ‘optimum’ policies for : </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Submission </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>The Steering Group decided to try for the optimum policies, at least in the first instance. </li></ul>
  5. 5. More talking, talking, talking… <ul><li>We carried on talking: </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of committees and research groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University Research Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Degrees Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers and Professors Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Strategy Programme Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Research Groups… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… and we incorporated the research community’s views into our policy and our practice. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Policy and practice <ul><li>Of course translating our policies into practice hasn’t all been plain-sailing </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t have much full content yet (text or other) so much of our policy has yet to be put to the test </li></ul><ul><li>We struggle with the conflicting demands of repository users (e.g. researchers vs research managers) </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes pragmatism wins over policy (especially in the case of metadata vs full text) </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>Because of our practice of consulting widely and regularly, we do have the support of the research community (and every reason to suppose that this will continue). </li></ul>
  7. 7. URLs <ul><li>NECTAR http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>NECTAR briefing sheet http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/NECTAR_briefing_sheet_200607.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>OpenDOAR policy tool http://www.opendoar.org/tools/en/policies.php </li></ul><ul><li>NECTAR policy http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/information.html#policies </li></ul>

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