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1 Policy Development for TARDis at the University of Southampton: Dr. Jessie Hey University Library and School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton LEADIRS seminar, London, UK 6 Dec Policy meets Practice in Building a Sustainable Institutional Repository for Research

2 The journey: the TARDis in transition A little history Policy intertwined with practice – the real world A route map for a large multidisciplinary research led university The next stage: a service supported by shared services

3 In an ideal world – all research is freely available June 27 th 10 th anniversary of Stevan Harnads Subversive Proposal leading to the open access vision for scholarly material See also 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. Even the work of researchers in our own institution is often unavailable to us

4 Southampton early adopters EPrints software created at Southampton to enable the vision Some departments have culture of deposit locally (but not OAI compliant) Electronics and Computer Science use the software for publications database – now a sustainable repository (will be incorporated in e-Prints Soton)

5 The next steps Building on current visions: Pauline Simpson (National Oceanographic Library) and others were wanting to set up databases to enable provision for full text and/or manage research recording more efficiently one institution – collaboration between the Library, School of Electronics and Computer Science, and Information Systems Services to achieve this alongside academics FAIR – Focus on Access to Institutional Resources programme in UK More specifically: TARDis – Targeting Academic Research for Deposit and Disclosure –investigating practical ways in which university research output can be made more freely available - more accessible, more rapidly – as a fundamental building block of e-research

6 An Institutional Research Repository for Southampton Institutional Repository for Research set up (e-Prints Soton) Southampton University Research e-Prints – essential ingredient - working closely with schools TARDis: Feeding back into pioneering 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

7 Early policy: Southamptons Institutional Repository for all research

8 Service for deposit checking and additional information

9 Copyright issues diminishing Common e-Print deposit: Postprint = postrefereed pre-journal version We provide link to published version for joined up picture

10 Fundamental impact on policy of current practice 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) With much support from Natasha Lucas who has since provided invaluable assisted deposit support See also TARDis article in Ariadne

11 Sampling of faculty websites – assessing current practice

12 Feedback: Perceived benefits to University, Schools and Researchers Secure storage of publications –including also theses and dissertations, technical reports Links to projects and web pages Research reporting Interdisciplinary research University profile School and discipline visibility Researcher profile Full text content freely accessible link to learning and teaching Increased citations Articles freely available online are more highly cited. For greater impact and faster scientific progress, authors and publishers should aim to make research easy to access Nature, Volume 411, Number 6837, p. 521, 2001 Steve Lawrence Online or Invisible?

13 Benefit of adding a link to your web page – auto update

14 Benefit of high profile of e-Prints Soton – so give them full text and they can read

15 e-Prints Soton evolution Original intent to provide secure storage for the full text of Southampton research output (e-Print Archive including post refereed pre published versions of papers deposited by researchers) Feedback: maximum benefit if the exercise also assisted researchers with time consuming research reporting tasks: Research Assessment (RAE), University Research Report, web pages, research proposals, CVs etc Evolved to hybrid publications database for all research output with full text where available

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

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

18 Developing policy for sustainability Will be central to research recording and visibility for all disciplines Working to integrate as well as possible into the research recording workflow Working to incorporate UK research assessment data Initial support included for legacy import depending on availability of previous records Sustainability Goal: author (or close academic group) self deposit (plus some assisted central support where needed) for new records with full text deposit where practicable

19 Publisher policy check – a shared service

20 Next phase includes shared preservation services Act of creating database anticipates future preservation decisions Gained valuable practical experience with IR problems but shared services useful for common problems PRESERV (Preservation Services for EPrints) - part of new £1m UK JISC funding – partnering with National Archives File Format Registry (PRONOM) and the British Library Expertise of recently set up Digital Curation Centre also available

21 TARDis practice into policy Southampton University Research Repository (e-Prints Soton) offers a practical growing example of building a sustainable Institutional Research Repository model in an escalating global movement Will contribute to shared preservation services and shared rich search and citation services to support the next stage towards open access e.g. ePrints UK, CiteBase and Google Scholar and to end with the local news………

22 Transition to University Policy University management (agreed Nov 2004) will support the next stage of a library managed repository for key role in research recording and visibility tasks Proposal submitted by University Librarian Praise for collaborative approach with schools Collaboration with Information Systems Services and School of Electronics and Computer Science will continue although TARDis will complete its transition to invisibility early in 2005

23 From TARDis to Southampton University Research e-Prints Thank you, Jessie Hey Southampton University Research Pauline Simpson – TARDis project manager Natasha Lucas – survey and assisted support Les Carr, Tim Brody and Chris Gutteridge – GNU EPrints And many enterprising academics stretching the boundaries

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