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1 Building Swinburne Research Bank: an engaged, user-centred approach to content recruitment Rebecca Parker and Helen Wolff Swinburne University of Technology Information Online Conference Sydney, 21 January 2009

2 The institutional repository at Swinburne >Varies substantially from established repository theory >A success within the Swinburne research community >Institutional repository > Swinburne Research Bank >New best practice: involve academics from the outset

3 Institutional repositories in Australia >A hallmark of the academic library landscape >A haven for acronyms: arrow APSR RQF era ASHER Australian Research Repositories Online to the World Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories Excellence in Research for Australia Australian Scheme for Higher Education Repositories Research Quality Framework (defunct)

4 Open access: elusive and perplexing? >Still ambiguous in definition and implication >Narrow definition: ‘free online access to all peer- reviewed journal articles’ (Harnad, 2005) >‘Flavours’ (Willinsky, 2006), including paid OA: eg Springer Open Choice ™

5 Paid open access: highway robbery Which begs the question: why would you?

6 Open access: elusive and perplexing? >Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002): 1. self-archival 2. open access publishing

7 RepositoriesEnd of scholarly publishing as we know it

8 The best laid plans... (a checklist for an institutional repository that will change the world) >Make it easy to use >Support self-deposit >Create a service that preserves, promotes and showcases research >Increase access to research through OAI-PMH

9 The best laid plans... (a **revised** checklist for an institutional repository that will change the world) >Make it easy to use >Support self-deposit >Create a service that preserves, promotes and showcases research >Increase access to research through OAI-PMH >Support self-deposit but also other content sources >Ask academics what they want from their repository

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12 BAD DOG

13 Erratum, Professor Harnad >Add initial record to repository >Revisit and enrich it later >Request permission from the publisher to provide unrestricted access to the full text >Contact the academic to ask for a copy of their final draft >Update the record with the publisher’s permission statement

14 Harnad’s ideal researcher >Has unlimited time >Is technically literate >Is a scientist (unlikely) (not always) What about humanists?

15 All researchers are ideal! >Inaugural pilot: Institute for Social Research >Housing, immigration, citizenship, media, policy >25 percent of Swinburne Research Bank content (Sep 08) >If not journal articles, what are they publishing?

16 Content to be different > ‘free online access to all peer-reviewed journal articles’ (Harnad, 2005) >something ‘ amiss ’ (Fried Foster & Gibbons, 2005) > ‘institutional repositories fail to appear compelling and useful to the authors and owners of the content’ (Fried Foster & Gibbons, 2005) >Not a complete picture of Swinburne research

17 Content to be (very) different >Conference papers are ephemeral but crucial >Non-linear formats, eg HTML >Important contributions are made outside the traditional scholarly realms, too >‘ shape and reshape ’ (Borgman, 2007)

18 Where does the knowledge come from? >HERDC: such a small slice of the pie >Corporate newsletters and media releases >Liaison librarians: do we want coffee or a meeting?

19 Find me all papers written by authors from: Google Alerts says: make them magically appear in Swinburne Research Bank you wish

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21 A word about language

22 Wordle:

23 The Swinburne approach: is it sustainable? >Time and labour intensive for content librarians >The more research we find out about, the more we need to manage >Launch has increased traffic and interest in contributing >Targeting full text this year >ERA requirements still unknown

24 The Swinburne approach: undeniably successful >36,974 visitors from every continent (Dec 08) >Almost records >16 percent full text >Links on internal and external websites >Positive feedback >Discoverability and adoption

25 Credits From Flickr and released under a Creative Commons Licence: Barn Shell with Red Door: Baking brownies (4): Egg Shell: Escape: 262 out of I say NO!: Realgeek65x9: Error. Ok. WTF?: Pie chart: Bad Dog: Fork 1: 11/02/2007 (Day 73):

26 ‘I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, “I don't know”.’ - Mark Twain Questions ?


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