Under automation: note set-up at LSE.Under branding: again draw on LSE experience.
Cro presentation for library jan13v2
Institutional Repositories: City Research Online & open access Neil Stewart, Digital Repository Manager Laura Radford, Digital Repository Administrator CRO Information Session, Wed 30 January 2012
Today’s session•Open access: what is it?•Policy & infrastructure•OA at City•What we learnt•The future•Feel free to interrupt, ask questions!
Why open access? Research wants to be free!• Growing recognition in last 10+ years that the internet & web services can cause this to happen.Benefits Currently• Move away from research hidden • focussed on peer- behind subscription pay-walls.• Widest possible audience for reviewed journals. research.• Open access citation advantage. In the Future• Social justice- lowering the “digital • Open data. divide”. • Open monographs.• Open access = better science, developed more quickly
Green vs. Gold Open AccessGreen open access Gold open access• Author self-archives “author final” • “Author pays” model- though rarelyversion in an institutional repository out of academics’ own pockets!(IR) or subject repository. • Articles from a fully Gold or “hybrid”• An embargo period is often applied. journal are made open.• Copyright, versioning of papers both • Problem of funding for Gold,issues for academics. publishers “double dipping”, creation of a market for Gold journals.• Getting academics to do it- tomandate?
The policy & infrastructure landscape• 208 UK IRs developed in past 10 years! Hot Topics• Significant growth in subject • Elsevier boycott repositories (ArXiv, PubMed, SSRN, RePEc) • Finch Report on opening• Both the Finch Report & the access to UK research RCUK policy favour Gold, to outputs the detriment of Green: Green • Research Councils UK repositories to be used for revised open access policy “grey literature, theses and datasets”. • Aaron Swartz & JSTOR• Likely to be a “mixed economy” for a long while yet (?)
City Research Online (CRO): the basicsOur set-up• Symplectic Elements Current Research Information System (CRIS), contains c. 25,000 publication records.• Eprints open access full text repository, contains c. 1,400 papers.Developments to date• Establishing a presence on City’s main website.• Using data held in the open access repository to feed web services.• Developing use of the CRIS to support REF 2014.• Storing and serving City’s electronic PhD theses.• Social media usage.• Pushing papers to RePEc automatically.
CRO at CityWho we work with (other than library colleagues!)• Academic colleagues• CRO Steering Group (representatives from across the university)• Senate Research Committee• Pro VC for Research & Enterprise, Research Office (Research Excellence Framework (REF), RCUK open access policy)• Information Services (staff profiles)• Admins in the Schools (advocacy, administration, theses)We have a policy!• Adopted as of January 2013- now compulsory to add papers to CRO.
Lessons learnt (1): general lessonsAutomating metadata harvest and transfer is good. It saves on cataloguing time, and means you can concentrate on doing more interesting things.Using hosted services is also good, since they tend to be secure and stable, and allow for nimble development.Branding is important. We quickly learnt that our users get confused when we used brand names- using the service’s name in a thoroughgoing way is very important. Only refer to software names in the context of technical explanations!
Lessons learnt (2): managing systemsHaving two systems doing similar things can be difficult: • Managing systems integration. • Managing a tripartite relationship. • Explaining the way in which systems interact to users.But it also has its advantages: • Allows for the automated metadata transfer. • Different systems can be used for different purposes- differentiation! • As a result of this differentiation, separate development of the two systems can be engaged upon. • Though Eprints now has CRIS-like functionality, Symplectic Elements has been designed from the ground up as a CRIS.
CRO’s futureWe try and provide a broadening range of useful services for our “customers”.CRO has four major work packages: • Research data management • Open access journal publishing • Archiving and serving working paper series • Author profiling servicesOther stuff: discovery, Altmetrics, linking with ArXiv, new starters.Killer application will be to do more with the data we hold, not least Staff Profiling services for City.
What we do day to day• General service management• Answering enquiries (academic & library colleagues, others)• Technical & administrative troubleshooting• Thinking strategically- service development• Advocacy: training, awareness raising, publicity• Current awareness: keeping up to date with open access & repository developments• Conferences, external meetings, other events• Other things you expect to do at work: email, meetings etc.
Thanks! Questions? City Research Online: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/ http://cityopenaccess.wordpress.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org @City_Research