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Institutional Repositories Uni Of Pretoria


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Uncovering Open Access: seizing the moment and making it work for you – experiences from the ground

Presentation by Ina Smith (University of Pretoria)
South Africa at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference

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Institutional Repositories Uni Of Pretoria

  1. 1. Institutional Repositories Challenges, Choices, Changes Ina Smith (University of Pretoria) Locating the Power of In-between Conference 1 – 2 July 2008 Centurion, South Africa
  2. 2. What is an Institutional Repository? <ul><li>Set of services </li></ul><ul><li>Management & dissemination of research material </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Organization, (open) access , distribution (Lynch 2003) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenge #1: <ul><li>Increase/ improve research profile of individual researchers & institution </li></ul>H-Index
  4. 4. Research on IR Increased visibility, usage, impact Increase in citation rate Impact on NRF Rating, H-index etc. Shanghai University List
  5. 5. Challenge #2: <ul><li>More IR’s in Africa and South Africa </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenge #3: <ul><li>Share & help other institutions (leapfrogging) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Challenge #4: <ul><li>Sell the idea to members of own institution </li></ul>
  8. 8. Challenge #5: <ul><li>Populate your IR </li></ul>
  9. 9. Challenge #6: <ul><li>Develop skills – IT, Library staff </li></ul>
  10. 10. Challenge #7: <ul><li>Get publishers to formulate policies on self-archiving </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenge #8: <ul><li>Change mindsets towards open source </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenge #9: <ul><li>OAI-PMH Compliancy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenge #10: <ul><li>Preservation/ curation </li></ul>Will your work withstand the test of times to come?
  14. 14. Other common challenges … <ul><li>Adoption rate by academics </li></ul><ul><li>Providing for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Developing policies </li></ul><ul><li>Managing intellectual property rights </li></ul><ul><li>Cost management </li></ul><ul><li>Curation of data sets </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ Challenges are what make life interesting ; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful .” </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua J. Marine </li></ul><ul><li>“ People are like rubber bands . They are most valuable when they are stretched , not when they are at rest.” </li></ul><ul><li>John C. Maxwell </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  17. 17. Bibliography <ul><li>Clifford A. Lynch, &quot;Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age&quot; ARL, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7. </li></ul>