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Lets think outside the box....

This is focused on the researcher world, but the arguments hold for other fields Q: What is the primary factor for ranking researchers? A: Citations. Surely the aim, therefor, of the researcher is to market her work as widely as possible, to maximise the potential for citation. Given that we are now in the Information Age, where The Internet is the primary source of answers (backed up by reading what has been found, ...more »

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Recognise the differences in services for preservation and services for sharing

The umbrella term "repository" conflates two very different kinds of services - services whose primary purpose is to preserve a type of media, and services whose primary purpose is to enable media to be shared and used by people. They don't look the same, they have different kinds of users and roles, they don't share the same concerns, and you use different language to talk about their features. Maybe we would get further ...more »

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Repository should aspire to make contents accessible and usable over the medium term

A repository should be for content which is required and expected to be useful over a significant period. It may host more transient content, but by and large the point of a repository is persistence. While suggesting a repository should be a "full OAIS" has not proved acceptable to this group so far, investment in a repository and this need for persistence suggest that repository managers should aim to make their content ...more »

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Institutional research repositories are based on different models - not only solely a 'digital object' repository

Most early Institutional Repositories were research repositories. Some are purely repositories housing digital objects as in "Repositories are "collections of digital objects"". However, since one of the primary aims is to showcase the intellectual assets of the institutions (as compared to providing Open Access to peer reviewed journal articles) another model was 'hybrid'. The use as a bibliography (suggested both by ...more »

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Form follows function in defining "global knowledge waiting rooms"

Humans have never before been called on to save so much stuff in whatever we name these digital containers. Historically we have been compelled by circumstance to let things go, albeit often unwillingly. The list of what we leave behind can include almost everything we care about--books, photographs, hard drives, memorabilia and artworks--to even bigger items such as houses and cars. Whether selling, donating, recycling, ...more »

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nouns are for numpties

Should we regard Repository as yet another noun of uncertain parentage that is searching for meaning. R is for Repository in the same way that P was for Portal, O was for Ontology and M was for Metadata. N? Nothing just yet, or maybe N is for Network. Fortunately, the other nouns have had some prior usage. Repository has less common usage except as a place to store furniture. Personally I've always preferred verbs, ...more »

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Say what we mean: stop using the term repository

When we use the term repository in the context of JISC(and other repository networks) essentially it means making content (in our case produced as part of research, learning and teaching) available over the network so it can be shared and used. But the word doesn’t say that. The word says store. We should be saying what we mean. We should really be talking about making content available on the web? And if concerned with ...more »

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Make the repository work for the user, not the other way round

I guess this is the workflow idea again, but stated another way. Don't get too hung up on "workflows", as in the e-science meaning (kepler, taverna et al). This is about making the repository fit in what people are trying to do, eg write the article, keep multiple versions, share with their colleagues in other institutions...

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Help the user manage data

Managing data can be a big problem. Any data that might, for example, become supplementary data in an article, needs curating. Help the user by providing facilities to capture and hold intermediate versions of the data, ad the final public version.

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Allow the user fine-grained disclosure/access control to repository objects

If the repository is to become anything other than a final destination for public objects, then the user needs control over access. This control must be able to ALLOW access to the objects by colleagues, wherever they work, as well as prevent access by others.

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The repository should be more like "part of the web"

This is the Andy Powell worry; we have made the repository too much of a "special thing" operating under "library rules". Make it more like Slideshare. I'm going to express this another way...

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The repository should have more "web 2.0" features

Again, the Andy Powell idea. This one, I think, more about sharing, embedding, mashups. Think Flickr. Think sneep.

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