Open Archives and UK Institutions: An Overview

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Mar 18 23:27:22 EST 2003


D-Lib Magazine March 2003 Volume 9 Number 3

Open Archives and UK Institutions: An Overview
by: Stephen Pinfield (Nottingham University)
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march03/pinfield/03pinfield.html

Excerpts:

    Introduction:
    "This is a pivotal stage in the development of institutional open
    archives. We are moving from a position where awareness of the issues
    surrounding self-archiving was restricted to a relatively small number
    of enthusiasts to a position where it is entering the consciousness of
    a large number of practice-based information professionals and some
    faculty. The next two-to-three years may be crucial in determining
    long-term take-up. This paper provides a brief overview of current
    activity in the development of open archives (particularly e-print
    repositories) within UK universities and similar institutions and
    discusses some of the issues the open archives activity is raising...

    Lesson 4: The biggest challenge is getting content.
    "Setting up an institutional repository and designing collection
    management policies are relatively straightforward; populating the
    repository is not. The content of institutional repositories needs to
    come largely from researchers within the institution, and persuading
    them to submit this content is a major challenge. Self-archiving
    requires a cultural change amongst researchers that can only be
    achieved through significant advocacy activity...

    Conclusions:
    "An increasing number of information professionals and researchers
    are beginning to recognize that the various OAI programmes and
    activities have the potential to make a real difference to the
    scholarly communication process and therefore bring enormous benefits
    to the scholarly community."

http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march03/pinfield/03pinfield.html




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