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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Blog notes on Open Access Collections workshop

Peter Murray-Rust, APSR 2008, A Scientist and the Web, February 14, 2008. Notes from the Open Access Collections workshop by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (February 14, Brisbane).

... Australia has really got its act together on the e-infrastructure. Itís created repositories (not all full) and now the Australian National Data Service (couldnít find a home page). It got pulled off track last year by trying to make the repositories an instrument of research management for the RQF (Australiaís answer the the UK Research Assessment Exercise).

Moral: If you try to use the repositories for things other than helping authors, then you will lose the authors.

This was a strong theme. If you donít address what people need to do, then no technology or investment will save you. Australia is pragmatic and learns quickly. It means it can avoid the mistakes of putting lots of investment into cutting edge computer science and then wondering why no scientists go near it. Australia understands the need to concentrate on data. Have we learnt this in the UK? Not sure we have. ...