What do researchers want in a repository?
Posted by Peta Hopkins on May 27, 2006
The CharteringLibrarian reviews a blog post by Dr Jill Walker, from the department of Humanistic Informatics at the University of Bergen and reproduces her wishlist of features to encourage more academics to be active in the use of research repositories.
I'll reproduce them here as they are good points to get us thinking about what we want in our repository and to see what we already have.
- I want the data I enter to be usable by other web applications – an open API. For instance, Flickr’s open API means that I could write a program that uses my
- I want RSS feeds that I can put in my website, the way I can put my most recently bookmarked articles from CiteULike there. (Look down in the left menu to see an example) (This is in the version currently in beta, I’m told.)
- I want to be able to click a keyword on an article and see other articles not just in my own institution’s repository but across repositories.
- I want the University to be the bad guy and insist that everything I publish go into the Institutional Repository. That way I can blame the university when I have to argue with the journals and publishers.
- I want the University to make a contract I can send the publishers to simplify this process for me.
- I only want to deal with one system! I don’t want to register my publication in FRIDA and in BORA (they’re going to be combined, I’m promised)
- How do you want your data to be re-used in other applications?
- At present firstname.lastname@example.org only has an RSS feed for newly added content. I have asked our system vendor if it is possible for us to establish other rss feeds. For example, feeds for each individual author, or feeds based on a search query. Content could then be easily syndicated and displayed on other web pages or personal blogs, or subscribed to using a news aggregator for users to keep up-to-date with research being published in their field.
- The keyword clicking may not yet be on the horizon, but it is possible to search across multiple repositories. OAIster enables searching across 7,498,800 records from 639 institutions. e-publications@bond is included. We have also made contact with the ARROW Discovery Service to have our data harvested for inclusion in that service. ARROW stands for Australian Research Repositories Online to the World. We are also working with the ADT program to have Bond's theses metadata harvested for inclusion in the Australian Digital Theses program.
- As previously posted, QUT has a policy requiring authors at that institution to deposit research papers in their repository within the constraints and limitations of copyright law. Its performance in coverage of HERDC compliant publications is far and away better than other universities surveyed.
Sale, Arthur (2006) Comparison of content policies for institutional repositories in Australia. First Monday, v.11, no. 4 (3 April 2006).
- Authors may try to modify copyright transfer in future contracts by including a clause such as:
I retain the right to distribute my paper for free for scholarly/scientific purposes, in particular, the right to self-archive it publicly online in a Web-based institutional repository such as e-publications@bond (http://epublications.bond.edu.au)
- This relates back to the automated re-use of metadata by different systems to allow discovery through multiple services while the management of the files and metadata entry is only carried out in one place. See points 3 and 2 and 1 above.
So finally, what do you want in a research repository?
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