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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Glamorgan encourages IR deposits

The University of Glamorgan has posted a draft policy for deposits in its new IR.  Excerpt:

...The deposit of all the University's research outputs published after 1 January 2008 in the repository is strongly encouraged by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, the Director of Research, and the Research and Scholarship Committee to facilitate the management of research and raise the University's profile as a research institution. Work published before this date is equally eligible for deposit in the system....

Anyone may access full items free of charge. Single copies of full items can be downloaded from the repository without prior permission or charge for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes. Single copies may be stored in a database giving access to them provided:

  • the author(s), title and full bibliographic details are given
  • a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page in the University of Glamorgan's online repository
  • the content is not changed in any way

Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders....


  • For background, see our post from two weeks ago on the launch of the Glamorgan IR.
  • One curious feature of this policy is the section barring commercial reuse without the copyright holder's permission.  Most of the items in the repository will not have NC licenses, or indeed any licenses.  So this is not an attempt to enforce the author's wishes but to enforce a policy of the IR itself or the university.  This is curious for a number of reasons.  First, the IR isn't selling anything and shouldn't care whether users make commercial use of its contents.  Second, the policy doesn't add or subtract anything to the rights users would have in the absence of the policy.  When copyrighted works don't have a special license, users always have to ask the copyright holder for permission to make commercial uses.  Finally, the policy may be an attempt to signal publishers that the repository is not designed to undermine them.  But because the policy doesn't change user rights, the signal is superfluous.