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Monday, September 10, 2007

Four NZ universities launch consortial repository

Stephen Ballantyne, Universities join forces to manage their libraries, National Business Review, September 10, 2007.  Excerpt:

...[F]our of [New Zealand's] universities have set up the Library Consortium of New Zealand (LCoNZ), a project aimed at unifying the data storage strategies of their libraries.

LCoNZ general manager Jean Ballantyne, based at Victoria University, said the company was set up for three main reasons.

"First, to implement a shared library management system for all four of the universities, a need which came up in 2004 for all of them. Second was to enhance that system by adding other types of products, such as federated searching and link resolvers. And third was to manage support for storage and access to locally created digital objects.

"The first two aspects have been completed now, and we're working on the third part, which we're doing by creating a shared multi-institutional research repository." ...

"Our prime issue is to get open access for research and to make that research as widely available as possible, and to preserve it for the long term." ...