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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 »

Submitted by (@r.bruce)

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7. We shouldn't be thinking of repositories as a place.

With acknowledgement for this idea to Owen Stephens' recent Tweet. My interpretation of this idea is that 'repositories' are best viewed as a 'type' of data store supporting a variety of services, embedded in various workflows. This fits nicely with Paul Walk's concept of a 'source repository' (see http://tiny.cc/FIHwc) being a simple system with complexity moved to specialised services. I suppose this approach isn't ...more »

Submitted by (@rachel.heery)

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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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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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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 »

Submitted by (@ian.stuart)

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Repositories and RSS

Repositories have a function as a source of the latest R&D knowledge, which should be exposed rather than kept hidden from users. Their content should be made available to wider audiences using current awareness tools such as RSS feeds. RSS also could help to increase the interest of authors as well, in order to boost the deposit rate.

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