Future Directions: Sleeping in Light or Deconstruction of Falling Stars?
1. Gaz J Johnson
University of Portsmouth
27th January 2012
2. Reflect on membership survey outcomes
Consider questions raised within
Look to the past, but focus on future
Debate, discuss, and question…
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. 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
Should we define criteria more precisely?
Should we have grades of membership
Should we charge…?
5. Facilitating exchange of best repository practice
Lobbying scholarly publishing sector
Advocacy & representation of repository worker
Publication of briefing papers or position
Conducting research into activities across sector
Seeking funding for activities and development
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. 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
How is UKCoRR membership viewed within
Irrelevant? Misunderstood? Valued?
Does UKCoRR serve a broader church of
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. 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. “It was the year of fire, the year of
destruction, the year we took back what was
ours. It was the year of rebirth, the year of
great 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
12. Are we asking the right questions?
Are we heading in the right
What could/should we be doing as
Where should we be in 12 months?
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)