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1 Creating a Multidisciplinary Institutional Repository Using EPrints Software JISC Conference, Birmingham, UK 12 th April Dr Jessie Hey and Dr Leslie Carr Southampton University Library and School of Electronics and Computer Science University of Southampton

2 Historical Context: Subversive Proposal (1994) & Open Archiving Initiative (1999) In an ideal world of scholarly communication – all research is freely available through research archives (personal and subject) But journals become more and more expensive (serials crisis) The work of researchers in our institution (even our own research) is often unavailable June 27 th 1994 Stevan Harnads Subversive Proposal leading to the open access vision for scholarly material –Harnad, S. and Hey, J. M. N. (1995) Esoteric Knowledge: the Scholar and Scholarly Publishing on the Net. In Proceedings of Networking and the Future of Libraries 2: Managing the Intellectual Record, Proceedings of an International Conference, Bath, April 1995, Dempsey, L., Law, D. and Mowlat, I., Eds. October 1999, Open Archiving Initiative (Santa Fe) between research archive maintainers – led to OAI-PMH metadata interoperability

3 What is EPrints? It is a repository –a Web-based database that allows individuals to deposit important digital items with appropriate metadata for –dissemination –curation –reporting used to run 160 repositories worldwide

4 EPrints Motivation: Open Access Ensuring that the output of research is available to researchers across the world –by providing dissemination channels which are independent of journal subscriptions Repositories are a major type of Open Access channel See JISC briefing paper on Open Access April

5 Repository Types Institutions Departments Disciplines Long term projects Conferences Journals

6 An Institutional Research Repository for Southampton Institutional Repository for Research set up (e-Prints Soton) with TARDis project to investigate issues for new concept (within JISC funded FAIR programme) Southampton University Research e-Prints - working closely with individual schools – found that depends so much on publication culture and working practices TARDis project: Feeding back into EPrints software good citation and information management practice experimenting with best balance of assisted deposit has capacity for adding full text (e-Prints) if available –electronic copies of any research output e.g. journal articles, book chapters, conference papers even multimedia TARDis: Targeting Academic Research for Deposit and Disclosure FAIR: Focus on Access to Institutional Resources

7 Reporting on University practices and needs Grounding in reality: Hey, Jessie M.N. (2004) An environmental assessment of research publication activity and related factors impacting the development of an Institutional e-Print Repository at the University of Southampton. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 19pp. (TARDis Project Report, D 3.1.2) See also TARDis article in Ariadne

8 e-Prints Soton evolution: aiming for full moon at midnight

9 Add your metadata and full text if available and allowed: appropriate for Humanities too

10 Achieving a slower but more sustainable model – the TARDis road To achieve the original vision we are moving around the clock face Collaborating with academics to provide tailored valued services for different disciplines (needing extra functionality) Aided by a fast moving shared international movement All rising to great place is by a winding stair Francis Bacon

11 Southampton Press Release 15 Dec 2004 'We see our Institutional Repository as a key tool for the stewardship of the University's digital research assets,' said Professor Paul Curran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University. 'It will provide greater access to our research, as well as offering a valuable mechanism for reporting and recording it.

12 Southamptons Institutional Repository is for all research TARDis clarified deposit types – minimised ambiguity

13 Offering assisted deposit; Offering help with fields

14 Share the glory (interdisciplinary papers) and sell your book too

15 Piloting adding a link to your web page – auto update

16 Adding more functionality with Latest feeds – by web site and screen at entrance

17 Screen in foyer – is my paper there?

18 Hot off the screen

19 What can you do once you have the Institutional Repository? e.g. News release on new research

20 e-Print promoted via the link: his other work gets read too!

21 RAE management potential Simpson, Pauline and Hey, Jessie (2005) Forward in time: TARDis and the RAE. JISC Inform, No. 8, p.16.

22 Select your Research Assessment Exercise choices

23 Add measures of esteem

24 Data available to Head of School

25 Showing benefit of high profile of e- Prints Soton – Google and Google Scholar ………..

26 Currently 20+ UK IRs starting but set to increase Guardian March 14, 2005: Scottish universities sign open access deal The declaration commits each of its 16 university signatories to setting up online libraries of research findings and doctorate papers which all academics can access

27 Part of a national and international development of IRs The JISC vision reflecting the individual repositories (JISC Inform no. 8)

28 Creating a multidisciplinary institutional repository using EPrints software Thank you, Jessie Hey TARDis Project leading to Southampton University Research e-Prints And thanks especially to Natasha Lucas (metadata administrator) and Pauline Simpson (Project Manager TARDis) Leslie Carr EPrints software And thanks to Chris Gutteridge (programmer) and Tim Brody (IR Partner)

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