Archive for the 'Institutional Repositories' Category

"New Opportunities for Repositories in the Age of Altmetrics"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on April 4th, 2013

Stacy Konkiel and Dave Scherer have published "New Opportunities for Repositories in the Age of Altmetrics" in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Here's an excerpt:

By reporting altmetrics (alternative metrics based on online activity) for their content, institutional repositories can add value to existing metrics—and prove their relevance and importance in an age of growing cutbacks to library services. This article will discuss the metrics that repositories currently deliver and how altmetrics can supplement existing usage statistics to provide a broader interpretation of research-output impact for the benefit of authors, library-based publishers and repository managers, and university administrators alike.

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    "A Mobile Interface for DSpace"

    Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Social Media/Web 2.0 on March 18th, 2013

    Elías Tzoc has published "A Mobile Interface for DSpace" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Academic libraries were among the first adopters of mobile websites in universities, but much of the early development was focused exclusively on traditional library content such as the library's homepage, catalog, contact information, etc. As libraries continue to work on new technology developments, a mobile interface for their institutional repositories can be a good new way to reach out to faculty and other interested parties. Miami University's Scholarly Commons runs on DSpace as part of a shared infrastructure administered by OhioLINK. DSpace is used at academic institutions, research and resource centers, museums, national libraries, and government and commercial organizations. With over a thousand installations in more than 90 countries, DSpace is the most widely used open source repository platform by any measure. The steady popularity of DSpace suggests that a lot of institutions will benefit from an out-of-the-box mobile interface. This article describes the development and implementation of the first mobile interface developed for DSpace using the jQuery Mobile Framework.

    Note: Includes links to software.

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      TDL Survey 2012: A Survey of Member Librarians and Users

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on January 29th, 2013

      The Texas Digital Library has released the TDL Survey 2012: A Survey of Member Librarians and Users.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Beginning in April 2011, the TDL reorganized its leadership and focus on service rather than software development. In November 2011, the TDL Governing Board outlined a series of Strategic Initiatives intended to guide TDL activities and provide direction for member libraries, the leadership at those libraries and TDL full-time staff.

      The development and deployment of a comprehensive survey was an initial goal of the Strategic Plan, in order to:

      1. review the state of TDL services among members
      2. investigate outreach and communication regarding TDL both between TDL and its members and between member libraries and their constituents
      3. examine the organizational structure of TDL and determine if the past and current structure can be improved upon

      | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 (paperback and PDF file; over 600 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

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        "Academic Administrator Influence on Institutional Commitment to Open Access of Scholarly Research"

        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on January 28th, 2013

        Thomas L. Reinsfelder has self-archived his "Academic Administrator Influence on Institutional Commitment to Open Access of Scholarly Research" dissertation in Indiana University of Pennsylvania DSpace

        Here's an excerpt:

        This quantitative study investigated the interrelationships among faculty researchers, publishers, librarians, and academic administrators when dealing with the open access of scholarly research. This study sought to identify the nature of any relationship between the perceived attitudes and actions of academic administrators and an institution's commitment to open access as reported by library directors. A survey research design was used to collect data based on perceptions of library directors at four year colleges and universities in the United States. Results of this study show that as academic administrator attention to open access increases so do the open access activities of faculty and librarians. Information presented may benefit members in each stakeholder group by allowing them to better position their organizations for future success in a complex environment. This study may also benefit advocates of open access who wish to expand services and other initiatives that encourage the greater accessibility of scholarly work.

        | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 (paperback and PDF file; over 600 entries) | Digital Scholarship |

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          "Institutional Repositories: Exploration of Costs and Value"

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on January 16th, 2013

          Sean Burns, Amy Lana, and John M. Budd have published "Institutional Repositories: Exploration of Costs and Value" in the latest issue of D-Lib Magazine.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Little is known about the costs academic libraries incur to implement and manage institutional repositories and the value these institutional repositories offer to their communities. To address this, the authors report the findings of their 29 question survey of academic libraries with institutional repositories. . . . The highlights of our findings, based on median values, suggest that institutions that mediate submissions incur less expense than institutions that allow self-archiving, institutions that offer additional services incur greater annual operating costs than those who do not, and institutions that use open source applications have lower implementation costs but comparable annual operating costs with institutions that use proprietary solutions. Furthermore, changes in budgeting, from special initiative to absorption into the regular budget, suggest a trend in sustainable support for institutional repositories.

          | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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            MedOANet Releases Open Access Tracker

            Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on December 12th, 2012

            MedOANet has released the Open Access Tracker.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            MedOANet (Mediterranean Open Access Network) is a two-year project funded under the Science in Society Programme of the EC 7th Framework Programme. The project enhances existing policies, strategies and structures for Open Access and contributes towards the implementation of new ones in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal. . . .

            The Open Access Tracker brings together information on journals, repositories, institutional policies, funder's policies and publishers' self-archiving policies, representing Open Access activities in the six countries.

            Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals Cover

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              "Evaluating Large Image Support for DSpace"

              Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories on October 29th, 2012

              Marius Nel, Kyle Williams and Hussein Suleman have self-archived "Evaluating Large Image Support for DSpace" in the UCT CS Research Document Archive.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Access to large images in digital libraries is desirable from a preservation perspective and may even be a requirement in some domains, such as cartography. However, providing access to large images often poses a problem as a result of the size of the images as well as the limited screen real-estate for displaying the images. Even when these issues are addressed, there is a lack of evidence about how well large image related tasks can be performed in a digital library. In investigating this, a survey was conducted in order to identify well-performing large image support tools and the best of these tools was integrated into DSpace. A user study was conducted in order to evaluate how well large images could be supported in a digital library and it was found that users were able to successfully and easily perform tasks related to large images.

              | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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                The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on October 25th, 2012

                The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has released The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in terms of the types of services that are now possible because of recent research and development efforts from throughout the Open Access community. The report covers seven areas of focus for current interoperability initiatives, and it provides overviews of nineteen key interoperability initiatives.

                The intended audience includes institutions and repository managers operating at different points in terms of infrastructure, resources, and institutional support. For institutions new to Open Access and repositories, the report aims to provide guidance for getting started and indicates which interoperability initiatives are necessary to implement in order to achieve specific services. For institutions and repository managers already involved in OA and repositories, the report may provide ideas for additional functionality to add to your repository or further services that are possible to provide to your community.

                | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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