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How the health well facilitates access to information Adam McCune

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What the future holds: Metadata and Document Repositories
Stanislav Nazarenko (OKI) & Adam McCune (IPH)

Published in: Healthcare
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How the health well facilitates access to information Adam McCune

  1. 1. 1 How The Health Well facilitates access to information      Less structured pathway Structured pathway
  2. 2. What current issues can these future repositories solve? ▷ Provide long term strategies and systems for the preservation of information (metadata and document) Solves issues caused by end of project, lack of funding, lack of maintenance strategies etc ▷ Provide persistent urls through the DOI system Solves issues caused by website/system changes, website/system removal etc ▷ Duplication and version control of resources ▷ Improve end user experience Less broken links, speed of access, consistent interfaces, easier access for non academics 2
  3. 3. What issues may they not solve? ▷ The needs of smaller, less funded, less IT savvy organisations who may prefer the less structured pathway ▷ Issues caused by rapidly changing health structures ▷ Organisations that insist/require documents to be accessed from their own website, but who don’t have open repositories (less structured pathway) ▷ There is still a need to resolve these issues 3
  4. 4. The future of OA and public health: encourage ▷ Continue to encourage organisations and publishers to embrace open access through the National Open Access Policy Statement ▷ Embrace the opportunities and ethos provided by recent developments in Open Data strategy and policy on the island ▷ Encourage funders to include open access as a requirement ▷ OA is important, but recognise the need for possible hybrid repository solutions 4
  5. 5. The future of OA and public health: thoughts on how ▷ Provide hybrid open access initiative compliant systems that provide for the specific requirements of smaller, less resourced organisations to ensure their information is made available and preserved ▷ Support these organisations in the development and maintenance of their open access efforts through partnership, mentoring and training ▷ Important to maintain the less structured pathway with option to migrate from this to the structured pathway, clear user benefits in hybrid repositories 5
  6. 6. Thank you Any questions? Email : adam.mccune@publichealth.ie Web: www.publichealth.ie www.twitter.com/publichealthie 6

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