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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Building compliance with the OA policy at CSIR

Adele van der Merwe, Databases, Institutional repositories (IR) and organizational workflows, an abstract of a presentation at the Ninth Southern African Online Information Meeting (Pretoria, June 3-5, 2008).  Excerpt:

The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) is one of the leading research and development, technology and innovation institutions in Africa....

At the CSIR, it is expected that authors to submit their documented research output for inclusion in the Technical Outputs Database (TOdB) but that does not ensure that compliance is at 100%. In addition, suitable records in TOdB must be flagged for inclusion in the institutional repository. Unfortunately, it is not always feasible for the librarians to make the decision regarding the inclusion or exclusion of items....In an attempt to address compliance, selection and quality control issues, a workflow system was developed for the TOdB system that also impacts on the Institutional Repository. The intention of this paper is to describe the process that was followed to design the workflow system, a discussion of the system itself and, in conclusion, an overview of the first months after the implementation of the system.

PS:  Note that this is the South African CSIR, not the Indian CSIR.  For background on OA policy at at the South African CSIR, see Eve Gray's October 2006 IPF report (p. 3) or Heila Pienaar and Martie van Deventer's August 2007 presentation (slide 13).  I'd be grateful if anyone could point me to the text of the CSIR policy itself.