Re: Comparing repositories - subject-based, institutional, research and national repository systems

From: Leslie Carr <>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 17:16:56 +0000

On 23 Nov 2009, at 17:22, Armbruster, Chris wrote:

      Four types of publication repository may be
      distinguished, namely the subject-based repository,
      research repository, national repository system and
      institutional repository.

I'm not sure these distinctions are going to be very helpful. For
example, some IRs are all-inclusive, whereas some Is have multiple Rs
(for research outputs, research data, research students, taught
students, learning objects, different colleges, longterm projects etc
usw). So if your institution has a subject repository then your
typology starts to get very involved!
What about consortial repositories (multiple independent institutions
share a repository)? And regional repositories? 

At the end of the day, a repository is just a piece of technology;
the differentiation between the repositories will reflect the
different social and organisational environments that they serve. How
centralised is the institution? What is the relationship between the
institution and the state?  How well-organised is each (sub)
discipline, what are its values, history and combined experience? And
most of all, what points of leverage exist in the research context
that allow changes of practice to be promoted and mandated.
Les Carr
Received on Wed Nov 25 2009 - 05:35:32 GMT

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