Institutional Repositories: Rebirth of the Phoenix

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Institutional Repositories: Rebirth of the Phoenix

  1. 1. Institutional Repositories: Rebirth of the Phoenix Dorothea Salo Digital Repository Librarian WiLSWorld 2009 Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/64615651/
  2. 2. The Gartner hype curve IRs are about here... Graphic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/renaissancechambara/3673491202/
  3. 3. How did we get here?
  4. 4. The nest The book and journal system is looking a mite rickety these days! Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsome1/3422512294/
  5. 5. ... and the rest Articles Technical Working papers reports Data Podcasts Theses and Book dissertations chapters Digital audio Slideshows Digital video Records Book reviews Websites Conference Images papers Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaetanlee/421366591/
  6. 6. The idea “Could we use the Internet to preserve and disseminate journal articles free of subscription charges?” “Could the same service handle new materials?”
  7. 7. Birds do it... Physicists do it! Economists do it! Social scientists do it! So maybe everyone will!
  8. 8. Let’s start a repository! The Faculty have all their work sof twa just lying around... re is fre they’ll love having a place e! It’s essential to store it! infrastructure! The metadata’s easy, just Dublin Core! xing re fi ly All we have to do is set it up! We’ olar Maybe a little marketing... s ch cation! uni Faculty will do the rest! c omm All we need is a mandate! Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/purpleslog/2589612577/
  9. 9. Reality check The If it’s important, it’s been sof twa published. If it’s not, they r e w as don’t know where it is, use les and don’t care. Nobody needed s. these things. The word “metadata” scares faculty. d us ha h s her d wit Faculty didn’t hear about it, blis nne Pu gu lty. didn’t understand it, o ut facu own and didn’t do anything with it. our We can’t tell faculty what to do. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bossco/192347140/
  10. 10. My job timeline June 2007: Repository budget cut by... a lot. March 2007: October 2007: I start. Working group chartered on repository future. Part of WG charge: “Figure out how we’ll fund you.”
  11. 11. My job timeline June 2007: Repository budget cut by... a lot. March 2007: October 2007: I start. Working group chartered on repository future. Part of WG charge: “Figure out why we should fund you.”
  12. 12. Something’s broken here. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/banky177/344711691/
  13. 13. Why is the IR phoenix being reborn?
  14. 14. ETDs • “Electronic Theses and Dissertations” • Lots of institutions have gone or are going paperless. • Lots more keep an archival paper copy, but disseminate over the Web. • Popular programs once they get going! • Common starting place for new IRs
  15. 15. Open access “mandates” Faculty Libraries! Funders
  16. 16. (What’s the use? A personal digression)
  17. 17. The publishing landscape • “Creative destruction” • Library budgets are contracting. • University presses are going under. • Sometimes combining forces with libraries! • Will small-society journals follow? • If libraries don’t pick up the slack, who will? • How do IRs fit in? Good question. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peasap/1752872124/
  18. 18. Dealing with data • Publications are no longer the only outputs of the research enterprise. • Digital data can be produced, used, shared, reused, mashed up, and verified via computer. • But where will we keep it all? • (And then there’s the R-word: “records”) Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/italintheheart/3460281988/
  19. 19. Diversity of mission “... the basic aims of universities in investing in IRs... seem misleadingly simplistic compared to what IRs are actually attempting to accomplish.” —Carole Palmer et al., “Identifying Factors of Success in Institutional Repositories”
  20. 20. Okay, fine, Dorothea, but where are we in all this ferment?
  21. 21. Some indicators Total items March 2007: ~2100
  22. 22. Some indicators Total items July 2009: 8300+
  23. 23. Some indicators Total items July 2009: Website captures: 8300+ ~75 Theses and Peer-reviewed articles: dissertations: ~1060 ~1500 Journal or newsletter backfiles: ~15 pubs Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/santarosa/2078967751/
  24. 24. UW-River Falls • Campus MINDS@UW coordinator: Heidi Southworth • This is not her full-time job! • 160+ items in 10 subcommunities and ~20 collections • Great variety of materials... Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m500/3208597185/
  25. 25. Showcasing faculty Research, Scholarship & Creative Achievement, 2008 Join us for music, refreshments, and exhibits in honor of the intellectual and creative endeavors of UWRF faculty and staff. March 24, 2009 3:00-4:30 p.m. Library Atrium
  26. 26. A permanent home for research and outreach UWRF Survey Center St. Croix Institute
  27. 27. Theses
  28. 28. Showcasing student excellence Prologue 2008 Prologue
  29. 29. Sharing campus history
  30. 30. So what does this mean for MINDS@UW?
  31. 31. My job timeline June 2007: Repository budget cut by one-fourth. March 2007: October 2007: I start. Working group chartered on repository future. Part of WG charge: “Figure out why we should fund you.”
  32. 32. Working group • Michael Doylen, UW-Milwaukee • Carol Hagness, UW-Stout • Mark Rozmarynowski, UW-Baraboo • Heidi Southworth, UW-River Falls • Pat Wilkinson, UW-Oshkosh Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66176388@N00/442106088/
  33. 33. Confusion! UWDCC? Why does MINDS@UW? MINDS@UW look and act What’s the difference? differently from UWDCC? What’s the process We’re just letting for MINDS@UW? anyone put stuff in? Is that stuff we want? Can I use MINDS@UW for...? What kind of help can I expect?
  34. 34. UWDCC MINDS@UW • Image collections • Image collections • Faculty work • Faculty work • Books and articles • Books and articles • Theses • Theses • Institutional records • Institutional records • Finding aids • Websites Hmmm... Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2607036664/
  35. 35. My job timeline, redux March 2008: June 2007: WG makes radical Repository budget suggestion: cut by... a lot. Why have two? March 2007: October 2007: July 2008: I start. Working group chartered WG report: on repository future. Combine UWDCC and MINDS@UW Part of WG charge: “Figure out why we As a SUITE of should fund you.” SERVICES and SOLUTIONS
  36. 36. And then... ... the budget crisis hit. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/werwin15/3554539197/
  37. 37. Okay. So where are we going?
  38. 38. We had this... Diagram courtesy of Peter Gorman.
  39. 39. We had this... Diagram courtesy of Peter Gorman.
  40. 40. We are building this. Diagram courtesy of Peter Gorman.
  41. 41. Well, so? So the reborn phoenix can be best-of-breed!
  42. 42. ETDs • UW-La Crosse has pulled the trigger. • UW-Madison is discussing it. • More? Almost certainly.
  43. 43. What do we want? Articles Technical Working papers reports Data Podcasts Theses and Book dissertations chapters Digital audio Slideshows Digital video Records Book reviews Websites Conference Images papers
  44. 44. Doesn’t this sound like a collection-development policy to you? Left photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robandstephanielevy/2805642326/
  45. 45. So what would you do with... • a flexible long-term digital storage and description system • staffed with digitization, file-format, metadata, IP, digital preservation, and programming expertise ?
  46. 46. If you’re part of the UW System... ... that’s what you’ll have (we hope)!
  47. 47. Thank you! Questions? This presentation is available under Dorothea Salo dsalo@library.wisc.edu a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution 608-262-5493 United States license. AIM, Y!M: mindsatuw

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