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1. What do we do next? Ideas for adding value to your repository SUETr Event, Lincoln, 10/2/08 Lucy Keating, e-repositories project officer, Robinson Library, Newcastle…
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  • 1. What do we do next? Ideas for adding value to your repository SUETr Event, Lincoln, 10/2/08 Lucy Keating, e-repositories project officer, Robinson Library, Newcastle University lucy.keating@ ncl and Stephanie Taylor, SUETr
  • 2. Newcastle e-prints service <ul><li>Open access database of research produced by Newcastle University staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Existed since 2005, in earnest since 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly peer-reviewed published material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6,000 items, of which 1,500 are full text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All records from RAE 2008 deposited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Several hundred staff participating, thousands of downloads per month </li></ul></ul>
  • 3. Key facts <ul><li>In-house developed software, based on e-prints </li></ul><ul><li>Repository officer (me!) responsible for this and e-theses project </li></ul><ul><li>Main roles: advocacy and service development </li></ul><ul><li>44% response rate from staff to requests for full text </li></ul>
  • 4. Future integration <ul><li>Launch of new research information service, MyImpact later this year </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of access for all research-related information </li></ul><ul><li>Much greater range of reports and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>E-prints will link in with it </li></ul><ul><li>Records downloaded from WoS and Scopus, generating automated full text request to author </li></ul><ul><li>Citation data available to enable analysis and preparation for REF </li></ul>Current situation!
  • 5. How it will work…..
  • 6. Adding value to your repository <ul><li>Beyond open access…. </li></ul><ul><li>We know about OA, preservation, description… but what else can our repositories do? </li></ul><ul><li>“ A repository should be able to provide lots of benefits to its users. In particular, it should make things more valuable when they are deposits than when they are just files on a laptop.” </li></ul><ul><li>[Les Carr,] </li></ul><ul><li>CC 2.0 Picture credit: </li></ul>
  • 7. Adding value for depositors <ul><ul><li>Do deposits go into your repository to die…. ….or to be reborn? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable depositors to supply data once (preferably with zero effort), and then repurpose it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Output - create customised bibliographies, CVs, web sites, documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalisation – incorporating into other sites - Pageflakes, iGoogle, Facebook, widgets… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is no mandate to deposit in youtube or Flickr! </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Enabling interaction <ul><ul><li>Interaction and linking- allowing others to contact, form groups, give feedback (tagging and rating, not just formal citations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep up to date with RSS feeds (customised for individuals, research groups, format…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Successful repositories (Flickr, YouTube, slideshare etc) promote the social activity that takes place around the content as well as the content management activity.” </li></ul><ul><li>[Andy Powell, Eduserv Foundation] </li></ul>CC 2.0 pic credit:
  • 9. What can we do with content? <ul><li>Displaying content in different ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating slideshows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualising content (image wall, previews, tag cloud, timeline) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadening content type – e.g. non-text materials, data, learning objects </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Adding value for the institution <ul><li>Supporting the institution’s mission </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing, link in with press releases, recruitment… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise finder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research management, REF procedures, career development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data analysis – e.g. % of total research output in repository, % of staff depositing, breakdown by School, research group?… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can your repository help generate income? Can it save money? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can your repository save people time? Who? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are you telling stakeholders about this? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 11. Don’t become an afterthought! <ul><ul><ul><li>Does your repository just make an appearance ‘at the end’ of the research process? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How can it become part of the research workflow…from first idea to final publication? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blurring of distinction between journal and repository? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advising and assisting with setting up OA journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enabling funder policy compliance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part of everyday academic practice - ‘a mandate without a mandate’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Northampton University generates its annual research report entirely from NECTAR repository content – if you’re not in the repository, you won’t be in the report </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Pic credit:
  • 12. Over to you….
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