SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR)
"There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system.
For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old system and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one."
~ Machiavelli ~
These guidelines are targeted at developing nation academic institutions world wide, who want to start an online open access research repository archive and who want to build long term support capacity for open scholarship publishing practice.
Please view the EIFL webinar before beginning:
Please watch the following video as an introduction... only 15 minutes!
12 steps to an accredited open access research repository archive
Step 01 - Open Access Policy, Repository Preservation and Audit Step 02 - Marketing Friendly (Vanity URL), Persistent URL and Preservable Digital Objects Step 03 - Employ Repository Management Personnel Step 04 - Build Repository IT Infrastructure Step 05 - Install DSpace Repository Software Step 06 - Repository System Backup & Monitoring Step 07 - Repository Launch and Registration with Harvesters Step 08 - Capture Research Records and Submit Research Items Step 09 - Repository Self-Help and News Step 10 - Engage Research Partners Step 11 - Continuous System Improvement and Maintenance (Preserve forever) Step 12 - Repository Support and Management Help
Convenient Shortened Web Links
Please use the following shortened links when referencing this guide in academic literature or on other web sites.
- Click on the heading above to view a full list of references.
- 2010 - NSF - ENSURING LONG TERM ACCESS TO DIGITAL INFORMATION
- 2010 - NRF - SOUTH AFRICA - MANAGING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
- 2007 - NISO - A FRAMEWORK OF GUIDANCE FOR BUILDING GOOD DIGITAL COLLECTIONS - VIEW ONLINE
- 2006 - OCLC - DIGITAL PRESERVATION POLICY
- 2003 - ARL - CLIFFORD LYNCH - INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES: ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
- 2002 - SPARC - INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY CHECKLIST AND RESOURCE GUIDE
- 2002 - RLG OCLC - TRUSTED DIGITAL REPOSITORIES
- 1994 - HARNARD - A SUBVERSIVE PROPOSAL
- In addition click here, to view the IRTalk mailing list archive that provided further insight for the guide.
- Please also refer to: http://currentcites.org