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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  • Good morning everybody. Setting up an institutional repository can be very challenging, and the nature of challenges you experience will mostly depend on where you and your organization find yourselves in the implementation process. Often when you are challenged, you need to take certain decisions and make a choice between various options, which will then result in certain changes with regard to your future activities. During this 10 minute presentation I would like to share with you 10 of the most important challenges we are currently experiencing or have experienced, and that will also possibly come your way at some stage.
  • 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>

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