JISC commissioned Chris Awre, University of Hull and Alma Swan, Key Perspectives Ltd to undertake a five-month scoping study to identify sustainable technical and organisational models to support user-oriented services across digital repositories. The study investigated four aspects: User requirements Roles and responsibilities Technical architecture Business models A key output from the study was a description of the range of services and functionality that would be required around repositories to facilitate their linkage and support user-oriented services. It is available to download on two parts: Linking UK repositories main report4 and an Appendix5.
By Andrew Treloar, David Groenewegen, Cathrine Harboe-Ree
This article describes the work currently underway at Monash University to rethink the role of repositories in supporting data management. It first describes the context within which the work has taken place and some of the local factors that have contributed to the inception and continuation of this work. It then introduces the idea of a Data Curation Continuum and describes the various continua that might be applicable in a repository data management context. The article then discusses some of the implications of this approach, before reviewing related work.
The Conference Proceedings from this interesting and challenging conference are now available.
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In September 2006, the Libraries embarked upon a series of studies of University of Minnesota scientists and graduate students in the sciences in order to understand and incorporate their unique information needs into projects underway in the Libraries and to develop new services and tools where needed. Through focus groups and interviews with over 70 deans, faculty members, and graduate students representing departments on the Twin Cities' campuses, from the Institute of Technology (a college that includes physical science departments and engineering), the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Academic Health Center (which includes six health sciences schools and colleges and the University of Minnesota Duleth department of Pharmacy), the study concluded in May 2007.
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