Presented at NISO's "Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository: Gathering Content and Building Use," (03 Dec 2007)... This presentation describes efforts in the DSpace community (ca. 2007-2008) to give researchers more incentive to "live" within their institutional repository, including features designed to motivate them to spend significant time there, manage their content there, and make formal submission of content into the IR an easier and more natural part of their work. We see the user's personal space or "desktop" within DSpace to be an amplifier of their scholarly activities. We believe that users should have basic --- but in this Web2.0 world, expected --- capabilities available to them for relating their current activities and interests to other artifacts in local DSpace collections. The presentation describes experimental DSpace extensions like item bookmarking/tagging within local collections and using the resulting "context" as a basis for recommending related items. We discuss our thoughts on extending DSpace further to facilitate the scholarly workflow, including mechanisms for identifying and retrieving related items within a repository federation and especially for identifying colleagues with related interests. We believe these techniques can be applied to the identification and harvesting of related materials from other, heterogeneous sources such as external blogs, wikis, and web sources <http: />
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