Consistency

There are feasible and worthwhile approaches which will improve the consistency with which repositories share metadata

As part of our work to "examine the feasibility of approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share material", we are looking at this in regard to 3 areas: metadata (this idea), the materials themselves and descriptions of repository policies (e.g. on IPR) [materials and policies appear as separate ideas].

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Definiton rules

1, Definition assumptions

Definition should not make assumptions as to implementation architecture i.e. whether deposited collection(s) held at institutional or network level

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Service creators will be looking for human-readable specifications

People who might create services from repository-based information

will be looking for simple human-readable information on the policies,

formats and metadata used by repositories. This is as important as

creating machine-readable interfaces.

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There are feasible and worthwhile approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share the materials they hold

Part of our work to examine the feasibility of approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share the materials they hold (this idea), the metadata and descriptions of repository policies

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Broadening definition

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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There are feasible and worthwhile approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share their policies

Part of our work to examine the feasibility of approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share descriptions of repository policies (e.g. on IPR) - this idea -, metadata and the materials themselves.

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Repository functions

The Repository is about re-engineering institutional business processes

The concept of the repository is difficult to distinguish from other kinds of institutional services which might be offered (digital archiving for example), unless the original context of the idea is considered, which was (and is) the scholarly communications crisis. Within the context of the scholarly communications crisis, the original purpose of repositories was to provide a way in which universities could enable ...more »

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A series of 20 key interviews to assess the feasibility of approaches to improve consistency

In particular we want to ask these key interviewees the questions to which you would like to hear the answers. So if you have an interesting or useful question (or more than one), particularly concerning the creation of user-facing services using repository content, then please use the comment facility to suggest it. Or even better put it here as a new idea (go to the home page and choose New Idea, then choose category ...more »

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We should embrace inconsistency

We cannot achieve consistency, so if it is important then we are doomed to failure. Why can't we achieve consistency? There are (say) 200 universities in the UK, and perhaps 20,000 worldwide, then there are subject repositories, project repositories, library and archive repositories and commercial repositories (which may be free or charged for or a mixture). There are data repositories, image repositories, paper ...more »

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