Future Directions: Sleeping in Light or Deconstruction of Falling Stars?


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Talk given at the UKCoRR members meeting Jan 2012, by the Chair of the organisation.

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  • Key questions as illustrated by Babylon 5 – ID which of these we’ll addressWho are you? (The Vorlon Question) What do you want? (The Shadow Question) Why are you here? ("Emperor Turhan's Question") Do you have anything worth living for? (Lorien's Question) Where are you going? (Techno Mage's Question) Who do you serve? (The Drakh Question) Who do you trust? (Technomage Galen's Question)
  • From the survey
  • Membership survey and audit
  • Future Directions: Sleeping in Light or Deconstruction of Falling Stars?

    1. 1. Gaz J Johnson Chair, UKCoRR @llordllamaUniversity of Portsmouth 27th January 2012
    2. 2.  Reflect on membership survey outcomes Consider questions raised within Committee Look to the past, but focus on future activities Debate, discuss, and question…
    3. 3.  Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? Do you have anything worth living for? Who do you serve? Who do you trust? Where are you going?
    4. 4.  Membership is  Individual not institutional  Limited to people currently working as repository practitioners, administrators and managers in the UK How stringent should we be in enforcing membership criteria? Should we define criteria more precisely? Should we have grades of membership Should we charge…?
    5. 5.  Facilitating exchange of best repository practice Lobbying scholarly publishing sector stakeholders Popularity Advocacy & representation of repository worker communitys interests Publication of briefing papers or position statements Conducting research into activities across sector Seeking funding for activities and development Membership recruitment
    6. 6.  Foundation of UKCoRR is free exchange  Information, advice, support etc Is UKCoRR membership of value to you?  Discussion list at the heart of membership  Do the current activities match your needs?  If you had to pinpoint a USP what would it be? Is lack of membership fee a USP for UKCoRR?  No funding means lightweight, adaptable, servant to none, master of our own destiny  But induces limitations on activity  Are there opportunities for a funded UKCoRR?
    7. 7.  UKCoRR focus is on serving the membership  Independence of funding assures no conflicts of interest  New Council Cycle April 2012 Do we need members to do more?  Just what does being a member require of you?  Should we empower members to be UKCoRR ambassadors? How is UKCoRR membership viewed within institutions?  Irrelevant? Misunderstood? Valued? Does UKCoRR serve a broader church of stakeholders?
    8. 8.  The usual suspects  RSP, JISC, other repository managers The wider community  Eprints, DuraSpace, CRIS manufactures Do we still trust publishers or is it open season? What about CILIP – is it relevant to UKCoRR? What about COAR?  Institutional members or UKCoRR as an organisation  What would we be required to do?  Who would fund attendance at COAR meetings?
    9. 9.  More linkage into national developments via representation and consultation More position statements, press release and public responses to developments Considering our relationship to ARMA and those working on OERs Knowing and working within our limitations Continued consultation with the membership Development of a long game strategy
    10. 10. “It was the year of fire, the year ofdestruction, the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth, the year ofgreat sadness, the year of pain, and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed…?”
    11. 11. “How will this end?” “In fire.”
    12. 12.  Are we asking the right questions? Are we heading in the right direction? What could/should we be doing as a group? Where should we be in 12 months?