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A presentation about the role of repository managers in higher education in the United Kingdom.

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  • And there are other people in this presentation – really getting your moneys worth here! I think that
  • Key goals have been defined:Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002Bethesda Statement on Open Access PublishingBerlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in 2003
  • Two routes to OA – forgive me if I’m teaching grandma to suck eggs!Publishing articles in open access journals, ‘author pays’. Usually paid for by institution or included in research grant. Increasingly, UK Universities have established publication funds e.g. Nottingham and Birmingham.Two types:Open Access publishers (PLOS, BioMedCentral, Hindari)Traditional publishers with OA option (Nature, Elsevier, Springer) – Hybrid.
  • Self archiving in a repository of published research (plus others conference papers etc)– Subject e.g Organic E-Prints, PubMedCentral, arXiv, RepecOr Institutional – a way for universities to showcase their research and to preserve it.Usually (if not completely) in addition to publishing in a journal – OA, hybrid, subscription only.Publisher could impose embargo.
  • How many people publish research papers, conference papers?How many people make their research open access – paper on their website, in an open access repository, publish in an open access journal?How many people have ever searched on Google and found some really useful references and then found that they don’t have access to them?
  • You’ll probably be aware of the well rehearsed benefits of OA:Access in the developing worldIncreased readership and citation – research evidence is conclusive. See Willow’s statementsQuicker disseminationSecure storage etcSavings for HE – £115 million per yearIncreased returns on investment in R & D up to £170 million
  • It’s getting increasingly possible to make things open access, and free via self-archiving.
  • UK has 177 repositories in total. Most UK HE institutions and research centres have one.But the issue is getting content – not yet part of researchers workflows. Estimates of the proportion of full text records (as proportion of total university output) vary from 15%-30%. (Harnad, 2009). Many metadata only records.Drivers such as Research Excellence Framework are changing this. Universities have to collect and demonstrate their research output. OA can be built into this easily.Internationally – new repositories have been established at a rate of more than one per working day over the last 3 years. (A.Swan Ch8 Institutional repositories – now and next.
  • 78.6% library background
  • Libraries have taken on repositories because of traditional role of cataloguing and information management. And whilst these are important, they are not top of the list of skills identified by staff. In the survey.Communication is the most dominant term – not surprising given that main role of repository staff is to radically alter the process of scholarly communication, with their own interpersonal skills being the key weapon in their armoury. Many of the other skills listed such as the delivery of training and presentations and liaison with other departments in the university are linked to this. Strategic planning, project management and prioritisation were also common themes as well as accuracy and attention to detail. Many people highlighted the need for perseverance also using terms such as determination, patience and persistence. One respondent summed it up as “aka bloody minded obsession”!.
  • Funded by JISC in England and Wales and Scottish Funding Council in Scotland.WRN – established repositories in all Welsh institutionsERIS – motivating researchers to deposit their work in repositories.
  • Events - As the repository scene matures in the UK, the focus for events has correspondingly changed. Originally, it was very much about technical set up and establishing a presence in the institution. Now issues such as increasing content and forging integration with other institutional initiatives and systems are more prevalent. Increasing content in repositories is one of the major challenges facing managers – Advocacy, preservation, copyright and dealing with publishers, metadata standards. For UK HE.
  • How many include repositories specifically in the curriculum? Something for the community to pursue.2008 study by Zuccala, Oppenheim and Dhiensa that most library schools include basics of digital library management, none specifically focused on respoitory management. More recently, university of Sheffield has included this in their ‘Academic and Research Libraries’ module. And data management is a whole new area. Comments at recent RIN meeting re ned for skilled professionals to manage and curate data.
  • Info staff are engaging with university agendas regarding showcasing research, systems for reporting on research e.g. REFCommunication, influencing. Also new technical skills such as data management.Decribed role of RSP. Future looks good – UKC0RR very lively and healthy

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  • Repository management: an emerging profession in the information sector
    Online Information 2010
    Jackie Wickham
    Project Coordinator
    Centre for Research Communications
    University of Nottingham
  • Presentation Outline
    UK landscape – growth in repositories
    The UK workforce
    New skills and roles
    Support for staff - Repositories Support Project and the United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories
  • Context
    Open Access to Research
    UK Higher Education
  • What is Open Access
    “Open Access (OA) means that scholarly literature is made freely available on the internet, so that it can be read, downloaded, copied, distributed, printed, searched, text mined, or used for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal or technical barriers, subject to proper attribution of authorship.”
    Research Information Network, June 2010
  • Routes to OA - Gold
    Image by Warren Pilkington, zawtowers, Flickr
  • Routes to OA - Green
    Some text
    details of that
    Some more text
    Another idea
    More stuff
    detail 1
    detail 2
    Image by Rojabro, Flickr
  • Why it’s important
    Access in the developing world
    Institutional showcase for research
    Increased readership and citation
    Quicker dissemination
    Secure storage
    Better discoverability (indexed by Google)
    Encourages collaboration
    Economic impact
    Houghton et al (2009) Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models: exploring the costs and benefits
  • Permission to archive
  • Repositories in the UK
    Some text
    details of that
    Some more text
    Another idea
    More stuff
    detail 1
    detail 2
  • Why have universities invested in repositories?
  • Survey of UK Repository staff
    29th July to 5th September
    Distributed via UKCoRR list
    215 members (August 2010) and there were 84 respondents.
    Interviews with a couple of respondents
  • Backgrounds of UK staff
    95% first degree
    74% post grad qualification
  • Multi-tasking
    76.2% part time
    73.8% worked as part of a team
    Image by Sarah
  • Roles
  • Skills
  • Job satisfaction
  • Support in the UK
    Repositories Support Project (RSP)
    Welsh Repositories Network (WRN)
    Enhancing Repository Infrastructure in Scotland (ERIS)
  • Repositories Support Project - Objectives
    more repositories in higher education institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
    more content in existing repositories
    more types of content in existing repositories
    closer integration of repositories into institutional information systems
    promotion of best practice and standards
    investigation of the new role of institutions in research output curation and access
  • Repositories Support Project – who we are
    • - Initially a 2.5 year JISC funded project
    • September 2006 – March 2009
    • Lead Institution – University of Nottingham
    • Partner Institutions – University of Southampton, Aberystwyth University, Digital Curation Centre (University of Edinburgh), UKOLN (University of Bath).
    • - Second phase April 2009 – March 2012
    • University of Nottingham
    • Team of four – Project Director, Project Coordinator, Open Access Adviser, Technical Officer.
  • The RSP Offers…
    On site support
    Institutional visits – free, impartial consultancy from a team of experts
    Enquiry service
     - support@rsp.ac.uk
     - 0845 257 6860
    Website Resources
    Reusable advocacy materials
    Briefing papers (technical & procedural)
    RSP Wiki pages
    Resource bank of links and references (publications etc)
    Buddy Scheme
  • RSP training and conferences
  • Recent Events…
    RSP Summer School
    Three-day residential training event covering most of the aspects of repository management (technical, preservation, metadata, advocacy etc)
    Research in the Open: How mandates work in practice
    Preservation training events
    RSP Software Day
    Communicating for effective advocacy
  • UKCoRRUK Council of Research Repositories - www.ukcorr.org
    A group for repository managers by repository managers
    An independent professional body to allow repository
    managers to share experiences and discuss issues of
    common concern
    To give repository managers a group voice in national
    discussions and policy development independent of
    projects or temporary initiatives
    To grow together as a community and learn from each
    other’s experiences
    Mailing list.
    215 members (August 2010)
  • Library schools
    Image by Stanford EdTech
  • In summary
    Impact of growth of OA repositories on information sector
    Skills required
    Support for development – funded projects, professional networks
  • Thank you to...
    Gareth Johnson, University of Leicester
    MiggiePickton, University of Northampton
    For their insights into the role.
  • Jackie Wickham
    +44(0)115 8466389
  • Links
    Centre for Research Communications http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk
    Repositories Support Project www.rsp.ac.uk
    JULIET www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/
    JISC www.jisc.ac.uk
    JISC InfoKithttp://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/repositories/index_html