Building an Institutional Research Repository Based on User Requirements - a University of Southampton Case Study

Hey, Jessie M.N. and Simpson, Pauline (2004) Building an Institutional Research Repository Based on User Requirements - a University of Southampton Case Study. At Institutional Repositories: the Next Stage, Washington, DC, USA, 18 - 19 Nov 2004.


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Successful discipline based repositories have provided natural incentives to
researchers to deposit their work. An institutional research repository must
similarly provide strong incentives to depositors. The UK’s JISC funded FAIR
programme has enabled different models and incentives to be explored in
practical ways.

The direction now being taken by the University of Southampton has been
steered by the needs of the institution and faculties as well as individual
researchers. To be sustainable the repository must ideally be built into
the natural research recording processes of its staff and students. We
demonstrate the key interactions that have influenced the development and
the strategic direction of the Southampton University Research Repository (e-Prints
Soton) which we believe will lead to open access to research results in a
sustainable way. The repository is now based on a publications database
for all research output, with full text encouraged whenever available. With
this strategy, a true showcase for the work of both Science based and
Humanities based disciplines can result as we encourage exemplars to show
the way.

At the University of Southampton some core user needs have been identified
which may also provide inducements for contributing to an institutional
repository. The TARDis (Targeting Academic Research for Deposit and
Disclosure) project has targeted the deposit process to provide ways of
increasing ease of use for individual researchers from a range of
disciplines. It has also been exploring a range of self archiving and assisted
deposit methods as incentives to provide quality citation metadata for reuse. Exemplars and practical strategies for working with faculty have evolved from these investigations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Keywords: institutional research repositories, open access archives, user needs
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Professional Services > Library
ePrint ID: 12662
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:24

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