There have been discussions over the years about the potential of repositories to play a role in research management systems, supporting universities’ ability to report, for example, for the Research Assessment Exercise. A few universities have gone down that road a long way, while others have not. Indeed, various surveys (eg infoNet work) suggest that research information management in UK universities is supported by a rather patchy infrastructure.
A new JISC report from Rightscom gives a summary of the extent to which repositories and research management systems are integrated in the UK, and abstracts from this a table of institutional drivers that would support such integration. This will be a useful tool to repository managers and others building a case for a role for institutional repositories in research information management.
Of course, this needs to be seen in the wider context of UK and worldwide developments in research information management.