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P6A: Repository Rants and Raves
Sharing with purpose: A rant about rights statements
Digital Public Library of America, United States of America
Sharing with purpose: A rant about rights statements
Rant: Are we engaging in market segmentation? And is this a good thing?
University of CIncinnati, United States of America
We are familiar with market segmentation, the business practice to go after several subsets of the same market, in the belief that the market subsets will total to more than the original undivided market. Sometimes however, the competition is so intense that it puts out of business the product that was formerly the strongest, and the company loses the market entirely.
In our institutions, the explosion of research services in what is broadly called ‘digital scholarship’ has spawned programs in the digital humanities, data management, digital publishing, digital forensics, web archiving, online records management, etc. We have different platforms tailored to these efforts. We may be building different standards emerging from disparate practices. Is this a healthy diversity or dangerous competition for scarce resources?
Are we in danger of creating an incoherent brand, and competing among ourselves for a small market of digital content creators who cannot between them feed all of our services?
I will not posit that we should serve all digital content from one interface, but that we do need to put more effort into seamless connections between systems that will encourage repositories to be a unifying layer, so we do not fail in our preservation mission.
Rave: The Development of a Research Data Management Training Programme Tailored to the needs of Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate Students in the Visual Arts
The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom
Research data management in the visual arts can be seen as complex and diverse with actual research data being tangible and intangible; digital and physical; heterogeneous and infinite; and complex and complicated, it does not always fit into the natural scheme of data management. Therefore the development of policies for arts related data management and systems/infrastructure and training packages should be aware of thinking outside the box, and lending themselves to being more iterative and open to interpretation. With the help of funding from JISC and the AHRC The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has been able to partner with other arts institutes to look at the concept of RDM in the arts, and develop training packages and toolkits to help support researchers and postgraduate students. The projects were KAPTUR, which ultimately brought about VADS4R, both of which were led by the Centre for Digital Scholarship, a research centre at the University for the Creative Arts.
Rave: Integrating the Institutional Repository with the Learning Management System
Georgetown University Library, United States of America
The Georgetown University Library migrated a collection of 150,000 image records from a legacy Cold Fusion system to the institutional repository (IR). The legacy system allowed faculty to prepare course-related documents with links to relevant images from the collection.
The institutional repository accommodated the images and image records very well. The course-specific content was not an appropriate addition to the item records in the IR. During the migration, the university Learning Management System (LMS) was targeted as the home for course-related links to the image item records. This plan leveraged an existing enterprise solution for course-related content.
The Georgetown University Scholarly Systems team build an extension to Blackboard to facilitate the creation of links to content in the IR. A "DSpace mash-up tool" was created allowing faculty to search and select items for inclusion into a course document.
This project drove the development of a number of useful features within Georgetown's IR that have proven useful for other new collections. The LMS/IR integration had an additional benefit of raising the profile of the IR for faculty and students.
Rave: Repository Enlighten-ment: A Ten Year Rave!
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
This repository rave will celebrate the success and the development of the University of Glasgow's institutional repository service, Enlighten over the last 10 years. 10 years which have seen the repository become a key part of the University's online presence, new roles develop for staff, new opportunities emerge for the library to work with the wider university community and new international conferences like Open Repositories to let us share our experiences.
During these 10 years, the repository has also evolved to support the needs of funders and national assessment exercises (UK REF2014) and been nimble enough to implement new trends like altmetrics.
It will look back at early decisions which shaped Enlighten's initial development and enabled it to become an embedded institutional repository service. It will then look forward to its ongoing development as it becomes a suite of linked repositories supporting not only Open Access, theses and research publications but also research data, digital collections, dissertations and even Tweets.
It will draw out lessons for its past success and caveats for its future challenges.
Rave: Repositories and ETDs - a success story from Finland
National Library of Finland, Finland
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are one of the major content types in the open repositories worldwide. Although green Open Access and research data have been receiving more widespread attention in recent years, many repositories have actually been far more successful with ETDs.
The work on ETDs started out in many institutions in the late 1990s, before the development of the current repository software platforms. In a way this has been a parallel movement happening at the same time with the article-oriented Open Access movement, although many of the same people have been involved in both fields.
In Finland theses and dissertations currently account for more than two thirds of all repository content. The adoption of repository software platforms for the management of these materials has been a success story, which has had a large influence on the public visibility of these materials and the processes associated with them.