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1 The Future of Scholarship in the Digital Age: The Role of Institutional Repositories Ann J. Wolpert Director of Libraries Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2 Scholarly communication is in transition Publication is only one part of the network- enabled system Disciplines are experimenting Traditional outlets are constrained New formats present preservation challenges Required responsibilities not yet defined

3 Increasing amounts of intellectual output have no print analog. The digital genie is out of the bottle in all disciplines. Digital and print need new, interoperable management and access models. Educational content is increasingly digital in format. Digital is still frighteningly fragile

4 The scholarly communications system must work for all. Disciplines can change their assessments and procedures. Universities can change their standards for judging impact. Authors can use contracts that enhance reader access. Publishers can work for more rational economics for book publishing. Editors can accept responsibility for the cost of their journals.

5 To support a new model, new tools are required. To share innovation and information To assure affordability and access To build the record in new formats To preserve the record in new formats To sustain teaching using new tools and techniques To protect university investments

6 Institutional Repositories offer part of the solution A tool for faculty and institutions Institution-based counterweight Scholarly and educational material in digital formats Cumulative and perpetual Open and interoperable

7 Why Libraries? Expertise Large-scale collection management Assessment/collection policies preservation Metadata Solid business practices Commitment and reputation Long time frames Mission scope

8 DSpace was designed for broad adoption from the start. MIT Libraries/Hewlett Packard Research Labs collaborative development project Broad vs deep Federation model with support from Mellon Foundation Preservation archive Open Source Agnostic as to content 145 repositories worldwide, downloads

9 DSpace Offerings Large-scale, stable, managed long-term storage Support for range of digital formats Easy-to-use submission process Persistent network identifiers Access control Search and delivery interface

10 Initially imagined content Preprints, articles Technical Reports Working Papers Conference Papers E-theses Datasets statistical, geospatial, matlab, etc. Images visual, scientific, etc. Audio files Video files Learning Objects Reformatted digital library collections

11 In fact, institutional repositories reflect the interests of the host Student portfolios Theses and dissertations Preprints Digitized library collections Working papers Institutional branding and/or reach Intellectual and/or Innovation

12 Challenges Faculty Acceptance Valuing and trusting an institutional archive Myriad disciplines with different cultures Copyright/IP opinions and policies Library Culture Policies Operations Publisher responses Clamp down Loosen up Legislation/regulation Sustainability

13 Whats next for DSpace and other Institutional Repositories? Digital preservation Digital files (e.g. audio, video, image, text) Web sites (e.g. W3C) Software programs Enhanced access and usability Indexing and Search engines Interoperability: course systems & desktops Federation and economic sustainability Patience, persistence, collaboration

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