I’m looking to set a common definition for ‘institutional repository’ in the context of the ERIS Project. Its been the cause of some confusion in a number of areas so I’m hoping that we can come up with something that does the job across the board.
For example, the beloved Wikipedia describes Institutional Repository as;
‘An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating — in digital form — the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.
For a university, this would include materials such as research journal articles, before (preprints) and after (postprints) undergoing peer review, and digital versions of theses and dissertations, but it might also include other digital assets generated by normal academic life, such as administrative documents, course notes, or learning objects.’
Now, if we were to take this definition within the project, then we (potentially) are including thinking about learning objects, which I have always seen as being outside of the project scope. But not all institutions are equal, with each one having one, or many repositories with varying degrees of content etc. For a project which deals with 20 HEI, just explaining what we are referring to when we talk about IR’s is causing a bit of a headache.
So, suggestions on a postcard if you can. How have other projects dealt with this issue? Has it even been an issue??
Filed under: Uncategorized |