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Introduction to institutional repositories

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Institutional repositories

  1. 1. INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES KWESI KOBEA YANKSON kkyankson@ucc.edu.gh
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES • What is an Institutional Repository (IR) ? • Why set up an IR ? • What are the benefits of having an IR ? • How can they be set up? • Hardware and Software
  3. 3. WHAT IS AN IR? • A digital collection that preserves and provides access the intellectual output of an institution. • Supposed to support almost every relevant digital format of media or document files.
  4. 4. WHAT IS AN IR cont’d • An IR may comprise the following: • Thesis • Dissertations • Research Journals and Articles • Pre and Post Prints
  5. 5. WHY SET UP AN IR ? • To provide open access to institutional research output by self-archiving it; • To create global visibility for an institution's scholarly research;
  6. 6. WHY SET UP AN IR ? • To collect content in a single location; • To store and preserve other institutional digital assets, including unpublished or otherwise easily lost ("grey") literature (e.g., theses or technical reports).
  7. 7. BENEFITS OF SETTING UP AN IR • Opening up outputs of the institution to a worldwide audience; • Maximizing the visibility and impact of these outputs as a result; • Showcasing the institution to interested constituencies – prospective staff, prospective students and other stakeholders;
  8. 8. BENEFITS OF SETTING UP AN IR • Collecting and curating digital output; • Managing and measuring research and teaching activities; • Providing a workspace for work-in-progress, and for collaborative or large-scale projects;
  9. 9. BENEFITS OF SETTING UP AN IR • Enabling and encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to research; • Facilitating the development and sharing of digital teaching materials and aids, and • Supporting student endeavors, providing access to theses and dissertations and a location for the development of e-portfolios.
  10. 10. SETTING UP AN IR - HARDWARE
  11. 11. SETTING UP AN IR - HARDWARE
  12. 12. HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS • Minimum hardware requirements: • 1.0 GHz single core processor • 512 MB RAM (DDR,DDR2 or DDR3) • 40 GB HDD • Recommended hardware requirements: • 1.6 GHz dual core to quad core processor • 2 GB Memory (DDR2 or DDR3) • 250 GB HDD
  13. 13. WHYA SERVER IS PREFERED TO A HIGH – END PC • Task optimisation • PC for a good application and desktop experience • Server for 24/7 data storage, processing, management and sending. • Hard Disk space • More slots in server • RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)
  14. 14. SETTING UP AN IR – SOFTWARE • Various options available • IR software option are usually Open Source • Options Include: • Dspace • Fedora • Eprints
  15. 15. THANK YOU

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