Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned? Stephanie Taylor, UKOLN

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  • 1. Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned?
    • IWMW 2008 - University of Aberdeen
    • Stephanie Taylor
    • UKOLN
  • 2. A Very Short History of the Institutional Repository (1)…
    • Lots of interest from institutions, funding bodies and the HE ‘blue skies thinkers’
    • Every institution should have one!
    • A showcase for research
    • A resource for teaching and learning materials
    • Institutions are doing it for themselves!
  • 3. A Very Short History of the Institutional Repository (2)…
    • Funding follows, projects bloom, institutions start to implement
    • Technical infrastructure quickly settles on bought in software packages hosted in-house
    • Institutions start comparatively slow and steady implementation of an IR
    • Not all potential contributers are enthusiastic
    • IRs are so last year!
  • 4. When IRs met Web Managers…
    • Not always love at first sight (!)
    • In the world outside, all things Web 2.0 and social networking are happening
    • In comparison, IRs seem very cumbersome –
      • Out-of-the-box software
      • Hosted locally
      • Not dynamic in a Web 2.0 sense
    • Not very sexy?
  • 5. IRs – What Is The Point?
    • Why not store, access and share the contents of an IR online?
    • Why not use existing tools and services like Google suite, Flickr etc., not locally-hosted software?
    • Haven’t we got lots of other stuff already doing the same thing?
    • Do we really need an IR as part of our web presence?
    • IRs are so not Web 2.0!
  • 6. Irreconcilable Cultural Differences?
    • Who is controlling the IR content and why?
    • Academics and institutions – an eternal conflict? Why bother getting involved
    • Why not let researchers look after their own research output?
    • Why not let teachers manage their own learning materials?
    • Doesn’t open access mean self-management?
    • They’ll never catch on!
  • 7. And Another Thing…
    • Outsourcing the IR seems like the latest trend
    • Aren’t institutions loosing control?
    • Is it part of the institutional web presence or isn’t it?
    • How risky is it to outsource core technologies?
    • IR Managers – can’t live with ‘em - can’t live with ‘em…!
  • 8. Walking in the shoes of someone else...
    • What does an IR manager have to do to get attention around here?
    • How can I sell this to researchers if I have nothing to show them?
    • Where do I put deposits if the repository isn’t ready?
    • Who cares where it is and who looks after it as long as it does want I want?
    • It’s the content, stupid!
  • 9. What’s The Big Deal?
    • It isn’t the content
    • It isn’t the software
    • It isn’t the hosting options
    • It isn’t a single solution to any problem
    • It’s all about…
    • … changing the publishing model!
  • 10. The IR – A Quick Review
    • The IR has a role in the output of an institution
    • The IR has a role in the output of an individual researcher and teacher
    • The IR isn’t the single answer to any question – it is one tool that can be used effectively
    • It needs to be seen as part of an overall network of sharing and managing e-content
    • Breaking News – the IR has a useful role!
  • 11. Into The Future (1)…
    • View the IR as one of many small conversations you institution is having with many audiences –
      • Research staff & teaching staff
      • Students
      • Administrators
      • Prospective staff and students
      • Local community
      • Regional, national and international institutions
      • Funding bodies
      • Anyone else who knows you…
  • 12. Into The Future (2)…
    • Consider the IR as part of your whole web presence, not matter who manages it or where it is hosted
    • Think flexibility – open access may not always be appropriate for all material
    • Think integration – how can it be integrated into other initiatives and linked to other online tools, both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 as well as in-house systems
  • 13. The Big News About IRs…
    • They are not the answer to all the problems of an institution
    • There is a lot of work still to be done to make them useful for contributors and users
    • But, the really big news is…
  • 14.
    • The
    • Institutional Repository…
    • … is actually quite useful!
  • 15.
    • Stephanie Taylor
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address]
    Questions?