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The Future of the Institutional Repository: Making it Personal

erickson, j., Rutherford, J. and Elliott, D. (2008) The Future of the Institutional Repository: Making it Personal. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

Surveys of open repository implementers over recent years have clearly highlighted the \"institutional\" focus of institutional repositories (IRs).[2] The stated motivations for implementing IRs uniformly emphasize the requirements of the host institution, while the benefits claimed for individual users and contributors are either those of the institution extended to them, or are obvious goals such as enabling greater access to information or providing managed, long-term preservation of artifacts. Meanwhile, these same surveys identify the challenge of maintaining a constant stream of contributions from the community as the chronic threat to the health of most active repositories; although each of the mainstream open repository platforms has been designed for self-service ingestion, it is widely acknowledged that the strongest and most up-to-date repositories are those that have professional staff who are responsible for content management, a luxury that few institutions can afford. Even those institutions that have implemented mandatory submission policies, especially in light of publishers' policies the are increasingly favorable to the principles of open access, still have not been able to achieve high levels of participation. The simple truth is that contribution to an IR today represents extra effort for the busy scholar, effort that doesn't add real value to their research, their authorship, or their collaboration with others in their field. We believe that scholars’ interactions with their local IRs should be more natural and more tightly integrated with their daily research activities. In particular we would like to give researchers stronger incentives to \"live\" within their DSpace, driven by features that motivate them to spend significant time there, manage their content there, and ultimately to make both the submission of research materials into the IR and the sharing of data and information with colleagues a natural, effortless aspect of their work. Fundamentally, we believe that the scholar’s personal “space” within a DSpace should augment and simplify their research activities, not a valueless canard on their already cluttered work processes. As a first step, we believe that the user should have basic — but in this Web2.0 world, expected — capabilities that relate their current activities and interests to other artifacts in their host IR, so at HPLabs we are actively experimenting with features like item bookmarking and personal tagging within local DSpace collections and using the resulting research contexts as a basis for recommending items related to the researcher's interests. Moving forward, we are exploring how to leverage this capability as a basis for identifying and retrieving related items within the local repository's federation[3] and especially for identifying colleagues who are discovered to have related interests. Finally, we are investigating ways to apply these basic techniques to the problem of identifying and harvesting related materials from other, heterogeneous sources such as external blogs, wikis, and web sources, and combining them with methods for managing the publication and sharing of research artifacts within the individual's scholarly network(s).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:john erickson, James Rutherford, Desmond Elliott
Subjects:User Groups > DSpace User Group > Engagement/Interaction
ID Code:125
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:09 Apr 2008 09:56
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:08

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