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The aim of the project was to establish where institutional/digital repositories are today, how far they have come over the last decade, what they look like, how much diversity there is, where are they going and how successful they are. We especially wanted to look at: 1) best practice; 2) how they are dealing with emergent issues, like data, digital curation, interconnectivity and social media; 3) the extent to which they are facilitating scholarly communication.
We asked a worldwide sample of library directors to complete an online questionnaire survey. In a parallel exercise, we are also asked researchers for their views and experiences of digital repositories. As with previous Charleston Observatory studies the first results of the project will be released at the Charleston Conference.