Beyond Institutional Repositories

Beyond Institutional Repositories

Laurent Romary, Chris Armbruster
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/jdls.2010102703
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The current system of so-called institutional repositories, even if it was a sensible response at an earlier stage, may not answer the needs of the scholarly community, scientific communication and accompanied stakeholders in a sustainable way. However, having a robust repository infrastructure is essential to academic work. Yet, current institutional solutions, even when networked in a country or across Europe, have largely failed to deliver. Consequently, a new path for a more robust infrastructure and larger repositories is explored to create superior services that support the academy. A future organisation of publication repositories is advocated that is based on macroscopic academic settings providing a critical mass of interest as well as organisational coherence. Such a macro-unit may be geographical (a coherent national scheme), institutional (a large research organisation or a consortium thereof) or thematic (a specific research field organising itself in the domain of publication repositories).
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Deposit Mandates: Towards A Single Repository, Common Format And Integrated Services?

Deposit mandates are seen as the most important route to enabling more open access to scientific knowledge. Funders’ deposit mandates seem particularly important because they target high quality research output, thus setting an example for scientific communities as well as academic institutions. When the National Institute of Health (NIH) implemented its public access policy in 2008, deposit in Pub Med Central (PMC) was mandated, a digital archive developed and supported by the NIH as a single repository with a common format.2 Earlier, in 2006, several UK research funders in the life sciences had also opted to create a single repository with a common format, UK PMC (linked to PMC), to implement their deposit mandates.3

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