SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR)
The guidelines are targeted at academic institutions in developing countries world wide, who want to start an open access research repository and who want to know in detail what is required and how to do it step-by-step.
- It is assumed that the institution has internet access and is prepared to make provision for a production and backup data center, in different geophysical locations.
- It is also assumed that the institution is aware of the critical importance of data sovereignty, especially in the light of the recent revelations about the American NSA and the "takedown" notices by Elsevier issued to "academia.edu".
- After carefully reading all of the steps and perhaps building a test system, it should be possible to derive a business plan/model and implementation plan/schedule.
Step by Step Procedures
- Step 1 - Open Access Policy and Digital Preservation Plan
- Step 2 - Marketing Friendly Persistent URL and Preservable Digital Objects
- Step 3 - Employ Repository Management Personnel
- Step 4 - Build Repository IT Infrastructure
- Step 5 - Install DSpace Repository Software
- Step 6 - Repository System Backup & Monitoring
- Step 7 - Repository Launch and Registration with Harvesters
- Step 8 - Capture Research Records and Submit Research Items
- Step 9 - Repository Self-Help and News
- Step 10 - Engage Research Partners
- Step 11 - Continuous System Improvement and Maintenance
- Step 12 - Repository Research, Support and Management Help
Latest Information for DSpace and Ubuntu Server Installations
Use the online wiki when doing live system installations because the wiki will always have the latest information. See the links below:
- For errors/omissions/help regarding this wiki guide and repository systems help, please contact:
Hilton Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- For repository management and open access policy development and implementation, please contact:
Ina Smith (email@example.com).
- Other local contacts are here:
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Develop your own journal publishing system
Now that you are familiar with what is required for successful repository management in the long term, using open systems, why not try to establish your own journal publishing system.