Last week I had the opportunity to have a lengthy conversation with some folks about our Repository. In doing so I was able to get at some really simplified statements about our activities.
Why a Repository?
- A growing body of the scholarly communications and research produced in our institutions exists solely in digital form.
- Valuable assets -- secondary or gray scholarship such as proceedings, white papers, presentations, working papers, and datasets -- are being lost or not reproduced.
- Numerous online digital collections and databases produced through research activity are not formally managed and are at risk.
- An institutional repository is needed as a trusted system to permanently archive, steward, and manage access to the intellectual work – both research and teaching – of a university.
- Open Access, Open Access, Open Access and Preservation, Preservation, Preservation.
- A new scholarly publishing paradigm: an outlet for the open distribution of scholarly output as part of the open access movement.
- A trusted digital repository for collections.
- A cumulative and perpetual archive for an institution.
- Improved open access and visibility of digital scholarship and collections.
- Participation from a variety of units, departments, and disciplines at the institution.
- Usable process and standards for adding content.
- Content is actively added.
- Content is used: searched and cited and downloaded.
- There is a wide variety of content types.
- Simple counts are NOT a metric.