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    • Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned?
      • IWMW 2008 - University of Aberdeen
      • Stephanie Taylor
      • UKOLN
    • 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!
    • 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!
    • 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?
    • 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!
    • 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!
    • 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…!
    • 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!
    • 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!
    • 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!
    • 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…
    • 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
    • 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…
      • The
      • Institutional Repository…
      • … is actually quite useful!
      • Stephanie Taylor
      • [email_address]
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      Questions?