Readings in Digital Repositories

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SPARC Papers & Articles on Digital Repositories

The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper [PDF] (August 2002)
by Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant

Institutional repositories—digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond to two strategic issues facing academic institutions: 1) they provide a central component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure; and 2) they serve as tangible indicators of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige, and public value. This paper examines institutional repositories from these complementary perspectives, describing their potential role and exploring their impact on major stakeholders in the scholarly communication process.

SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide

The SPARC Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide provides an overview of the major issues that institutions and consortia need to address in implementing an institutional repository. These issues include organizational, administrative, and cultural issues; content policies and accession and retention policies; faculty outreach and participation; and technical options and infrastructure issues.

Institutional Repositories: Partnering with Faculty to Enhance Scholarly Communication
by Rick Johnson, D-Lib Magazine, November 2002

Other Publications on Digital Repositories

The Institutional Repository: this book discusses the concept of the Institutional Repository (IR) and examines how they can be set up, maintained and embedded into general institutional working practice.
By Richard Jones, Theo Andrew, and John MacColl

The Guide to Institutional Repository Software 3.0: a document to help organizations select a software system as part of their repository planning now covers nine open-source systems for creating open-access, OAI-compliant repositories. (also available in Japanese)

OAI for Beginners: the Open Archives Forum Online Tutorial: defines and explains how to use the OAI-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a mechanism for harvesting records containing metadata from repositories.

Pathfinder Research on Web-based Repositories: this report reviews recent developments and quantifies the growth of institutional repositories while exploring the impact their expansion may have on scholarly publishing.
By M. London Ware, Publisher and Library/Learning Solutions (PALS), January 2004. 

Making the Case for an Institutional Repository to Your Provost [PDF]: a document with strategies on how to gain support from your Provost for starting an Institutional Repository.
By Berkeley Electronic Press

Institutional Repository Annual Report to the Provost AY 2007-08 [PDF]: a review of the first year of Californial Polytechnic University's Institutional Repository, Digital Commons @ Cal Poly.
By the Kennedy Library

OSI EPrints Handbook: created at Southampton University using a grant from the Open Society Institute to serve as a guide for self-archiving and using the EPrints service.

Open Access and Retrieval: Liberating the Scholarly Literature.
E-Serials Collection Management: Transitions, Trends, and Technicalities. Ed. David C. Fowler. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2004, pp. 197-220. Poynder, Richard.

Institutional Repositories, and a little experiment