Institutional E-print Repositories [B6]


This session will look at the idea of institutional e-print repositories. This is an idea whose time has come, with a lot of institutions currently working on establishing their own research repositories. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • e-prints – what does this term include and exclude? How is an e-print repository integrated into an institution’s electronic resources strategy?
  • How does an active repository affect academic researchers’ working practices and roles? What benefits are gained by researchers?
  • e-prints and the institution – what advantages do they offer administrative services as a record of the institution’s output and research activities?
  • Relationships with publishers – are e-prints a threat to publishers? what common ground is there and what hybrid solutions offer the best way forward?
  • IPR and Copyright – who owns what, and who needs which permissions – and why!
  • Preservation – if repositories are to act as archives and persistent “publications” of record, what are the preservation issues and the metadata standards needed?
  • Wider integration – use of the OAI-PMH to create inter-institutional cross-searchable resources.