The Case for Scientific Institutional
          Repository: A View from the Laboratory



               Cecelia Brown & J...
Benefits of an IR
                         Functions                                                        Outcomes

    ...
If we build it, will they come?




No matter how much you Google map the ballfield, it's still 90 feet to the plate!
 7/1...
Participants
                 Field                            Rank              Years @ OU

              Astronomy      ...
Knowledge of IRs
                50% Maybe                                         50% No

“Anything on the OU Library web...
NGC 7293
  http://www.williams.edu/Astronomy/research/PN/nebulae/
7/12/09              ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   ...
“NASA called up and asked us to validate their data…This is
kids with buckets…”




                    http://pacrain.eva...
http://csa.ou.edu/

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http://www.ou.edu/microarray/
7/12/09          ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   9
http://www.oklahomaplantdatabase.org/

7/12/09            ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   10
Websites Regularly Used




7/12/09          ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   11
“I haven't picked up a journal in years…If it's not in
   astro-ph I won't see it…I check it every day…So if you
   don't ...
100% Support!

Share data, course materials, and information*****

Learn what others at OU are doing****

Data back-up****...
Concerns About Establishing an OU IR




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What would you contribute?

Students’ work*****
Publications***
Teaching materials****
Data**
Information about current ac...
Intellectual Property Concerns
               30% No                                              70% Have Concerns


“hav...
As a contributor to the IR, what would you be
                   willing to do?




7/12/09            ACRL-STS, ALA, Chic...
What materials would you look for in the OU IR?

Teaching materials*****
People/Collaboration****
Data***
Publications**
O...
Desired Features?




7/12/09       ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   19
Web Tracking?




7/12/09     ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009   20
Surprises?
• Educational opportunity

• Copyright awareness

• Wealth of OU repositories

• Traditionalists

• Maintenance...
What’s Next?
          Interviews:
             – Arts & Humanities Scholars
             – Social Scientists

          C...
Thanks!
            Manda Overturf
              Mary Parker
           Jennifer Prilliman
             Jenny Rempel
     ...
Questions?

          Suggestions?




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Presented by Cecelia Brown and June Abbas, University of Oklahoma, at the ACRL Science and Technology Section's Research Forum, American Library Association Conference, July 12, 2009.

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The Case for a Scientific Institutional Repository: A View from the Laboratory

  1. 1. The Case for Scientific Institutional Repository: A View from the Laboratory Cecelia Brown & June Abbas 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 1
  2. 2. Benefits of an IR Functions Outcomes Makes it easier to demonstrate an institution’s scientific, Concentrates intellectual capital… social, and financial value Removes physical page & formatting constraints… Enhances the visibility of an institution’s scholarly work Breaks down spatial boundaries… Facilitates collaborations among an institution’s scholars Encourages partnerships with scholars beyond the home Removes geographical limits… institution Ensures the long-term preservation of an institution’s Centrally assumes digital archiving functions… scholarly works beyond scholars’ careers Gives scholars time to devote to research and creative Provides resources and expertise in digitization… activities Provides access to learning objects… Enhances classroom teaching Crow, Raym. 2002. The case for institutional repositories: A SPARC position paper. ARL bimonthly report 223. Washington DC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/2002br.shtml 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 2
  3. 3. If we build it, will they come? No matter how much you Google map the ballfield, it's still 90 feet to the plate! 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 3
  4. 4. Participants Field Rank Years @ OU Astronomy Professor 19 Astronomy Professor 25 Botany Professor 0.5 Botany Professor 11 Botany Professor 22 Geographic Sciences Assistant Professor 2 Geographic Sciences Associate Professor 13 Geographic Sciences Professor 14 Geographic Sciences Professor 9 Geology Assistant Professor 1.5 Geology Assistant Professor 1.5 Geology Assistant Professor 11 Geology Professor 13 Meteorology Associate Professor 18 Meteorology Associate Professor 4 Microbiology Professor 10 Zoology Associate Professor 8 Zoology Associate Professor 4 Zoology Professor 9 Zoology/Botany Associate Professor 12 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 4
  5. 5. Knowledge of IRs 50% Maybe 50% No “Anything on the OU Library website?” “…not heard of in the context of universities…” “In concept…” “You tell me…” “Academic Facebook?” “nuclear waste repository?” “arXiv.org?” “know about databases and I know about finding articles online 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 5
  6. 6. NGC 7293 http://www.williams.edu/Astronomy/research/PN/nebulae/ 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 6
  7. 7. “NASA called up and asked us to validate their data…This is kids with buckets…” http://pacrain.evac.ou.edu/ 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 7
  8. 8. http://csa.ou.edu/ 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 8
  9. 9. http://www.ou.edu/microarray/ 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 9
  10. 10. http://www.oklahomaplantdatabase.org/ 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 10
  11. 11. Websites Regularly Used 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 11
  12. 12. “I haven't picked up a journal in years…If it's not in astro-ph I won't see it…I check it every day…So if you don't post on astro-ph most people won't read it…” 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 12
  13. 13. 100% Support! Share data, course materials, and information***** Learn what others at OU are doing**** Data back-up**** Promote OU*** Education and outreach** 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 13
  14. 14. Concerns About Establishing an OU IR 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 14
  15. 15. What would you contribute? Students’ work***** Publications*** Teaching materials**** Data** Information about current activities* 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 15
  16. 16. Intellectual Property Concerns 30% No 70% Have Concerns “have a hard enough time getting “only rich people can publish” astronomers to read one.” “not sharing, counter view of “no data until published” science” “I don’t do any sort of research that “If there is something sensitive…and have the potential to be patented.” some is competing, we won’t make public” “if it helps someone…that’s OK too” “sometimes do not know what people motives and agendas are” 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 16
  17. 17. As a contributor to the IR, what would you be willing to do? 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 17
  18. 18. What materials would you look for in the OU IR? Teaching materials***** People/Collaboration**** Data*** Publications** Other students’ work** No use* 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 18
  19. 19. Desired Features? 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 19
  20. 20. Web Tracking? 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 20
  21. 21. Surprises? • Educational opportunity • Copyright awareness • Wealth of OU repositories • Traditionalists • Maintenance Costs • Technology Requirements 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 21
  22. 22. What’s Next? Interviews: – Arts & Humanities Scholars – Social Scientists Campus Wide Survey Present data to administration: – Library – Information Technology – Vice President for Research – Provost 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 22
  23. 23. Thanks! Manda Overturf Mary Parker Jennifer Prilliman Jenny Rempel Konstantin Tovstiadi Participants 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 23
  24. 24. Questions? Suggestions? 7/12/09 ACRL-STS, ALA, Chicago, IL, 2009 24
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