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Friday, April 18, 2008

OA discussions at UKSG

The UKSG has posted some notes on Bill Hubbard's breakout session, Managing research outputs - embedding repositories into institutional research processes, at the UKSG 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition (Torquay, April 7-9, 2008).  Excerpt:

This breakout group looked at the current state of repositories and the way that they are evolving in both content and functionality as they become embedded into research processes. In responding to user needs and expectations, repositories are developing from the initial goal of simply holding digital duplicates of published research papers into something more comprehensive, with the potential to be a genuinely new tool in research support. The wider range of content they are now amassing, in particular research data in response to funding agency requirements, means that their holdings represent a far fuller picture of research outputs. Developing additional functionality includes supporting cross-linking between research output types, data and text-mining, as well as information management tools for both institutions and individuals. This means that repositories are likely to become more akin to virtual research environments rather than simply dissemination tools.

Discussions touched on two other features: the way that repositories might be able to assist in-house publication of research outputs and the integration of repository content into standard commercial search and abstracting services....

The slides from Hubbard's presentation are now online.

Also see the UKSG notes on Toby Green's session, How to make your IR effective as a publishing platform for grey literature, an account of the IR at the OECD.

Notes and slides from other sessions are still being posted.  Some will be OA-related.