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Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned? Stephanie Taylor, UKOLN


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Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned? Stephanie Taylor, UKOLN

  1. Institutional Repositories… publish and be damned? <ul><li>IWMW 2008 - University of Aberdeen </li></ul><ul><li>Stephanie Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>UKOLN </li></ul>
  2. A Very Short History of the Institutional Repository (1)… <ul><li>Lots of interest from institutions, funding bodies and the HE ‘blue skies thinkers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Every institution should have one! </li></ul><ul><li>A showcase for research </li></ul><ul><li>A resource for teaching and learning materials </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions are doing it for themselves! </li></ul>
  3. A Very Short History of the Institutional Repository (2)… <ul><li>Funding follows, projects bloom, institutions start to implement </li></ul><ul><li>Technical infrastructure quickly settles on bought in software packages hosted in-house </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions start comparatively slow and steady implementation of an IR </li></ul><ul><li>Not all potential contributers are enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>IRs are so last year! </li></ul>
  4. When IRs met Web Managers… <ul><li>Not always love at first sight (!) </li></ul><ul><li>In the world outside, all things Web 2.0 and social networking are happening </li></ul><ul><li>In comparison, IRs seem very cumbersome – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Out-of-the-box software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted locally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not dynamic in a Web 2.0 sense </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not very sexy? </li></ul>
  5. IRs – What Is The Point? <ul><li>Why not store, access and share the contents of an IR online? </li></ul><ul><li>Why not use existing tools and services like Google suite, Flickr etc., not locally-hosted software? </li></ul><ul><li>Haven’t we got lots of other stuff already doing the same thing? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we really need an IR as part of our web presence? </li></ul><ul><li>IRs are so not Web 2.0! </li></ul>
  6. Irreconcilable Cultural Differences? <ul><li>Who is controlling the IR content and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Academics and institutions – an eternal conflict? Why bother getting involved </li></ul><ul><li>Why not let researchers look after their own research output? </li></ul><ul><li>Why not let teachers manage their own learning materials? </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t open access mean self-management? </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll never catch on! </li></ul>
  7. And Another Thing… <ul><li>Outsourcing the IR seems like the latest trend </li></ul><ul><li>Aren’t institutions loosing control? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it part of the institutional web presence or isn’t it? </li></ul><ul><li>How risky is it to outsource core technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>IR Managers – can’t live with ‘em - can’t live with ‘em…! </li></ul>
  8. Walking in the shoes of someone else... <ul><li>What does an IR manager have to do to get attention around here? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I sell this to researchers if I have nothing to show them? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do I put deposits if the repository isn’t ready? </li></ul><ul><li>Who cares where it is and who looks after it as long as it does want I want? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the content, stupid! </li></ul>
  9. What’s The Big Deal? <ul><li>It isn’t the content </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t the software </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t the hosting options </li></ul><ul><li>It isn’t a single solution to any problem </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all about… </li></ul><ul><li>… changing the publishing model! </li></ul>
  10. The IR – A Quick Review <ul><li>The IR has a role in the output of an institution </li></ul><ul><li>The IR has a role in the output of an individual researcher and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>The IR isn’t the single answer to any question – it is one tool that can be used effectively </li></ul><ul><li>It needs to be seen as part of an overall network of sharing and managing e-content </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking News – the IR has a useful role! </li></ul>
  11. Into The Future (1)… <ul><li>View the IR as one of many small conversations you institution is having with many audiences – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research staff & teaching staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prospective staff and students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional, national and international institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone else who knows you… </li></ul></ul>
  12. Into The Future (2)… <ul><li>Consider the IR as part of your whole web presence, not matter who manages it or where it is hosted </li></ul><ul><li>Think flexibility – open access may not always be appropriate for all material </li></ul><ul><li>Think integration – how can it be integrated into other initiatives and linked to other online tools, both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 as well as in-house systems </li></ul>
  13. The Big News About IRs… <ul><li>They are not the answer to all the problems of an institution </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of work still to be done to make them useful for contributors and users </li></ul><ul><li>But, the really big news is… </li></ul>
  14. <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Repository… </li></ul><ul><li>… is actually quite useful! </li></ul>
  15. <ul><li>Stephanie Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Questions?