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Friday, October 21, 2005

Note from OAI4

JISC has posted a short note from Neil Jacobs on the CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4), now in progress (Geneva, October 20-22, 2005). Jacobs is the manager of JISC's Digital Repositories Programme. Excerpt:
This international gathering has developed considerable momentum since the first workshop in 2001. Initially a wholly technical meeting, it now brings together representatives from the library, technical, publishing and academic communities to address the latest developments in repositories and the technical and metadata standards which underpin their development and use. Topics under discussions today include: the building of federations of repositories in order to make their contents available in increasingly useful and relevant ways to users; improving measures of research output, and developments in open access. Another theme is the need for the re-engineering of the infrastructure that supports scientific data creation and analysis, so we can do more of it, better, faster and cheaper. Among other questions delegates will be asking, and perhaps answering, are: how does one know which version of a research paper one is getting from a repository? And how does one know one can trust the repository to give this information?