Category Archives: repositories

Bridging the Divide: The role of libraries in the sciences

While libraries come to terms with new forms of scholarly communication and the technological transformation of the academy, has one academic domain already drifted beyond reach? Have the sciences already become self-sufficient in their information needs? Are libraries lacking in the services and information resources that scientists require? In the first of three reports on Research Support … Read more

Sharing Learning Resources: shifting perspectives on process and product

I’m working on a paper with my colleague David Kernohan on the context of the UK OER Programme and it occurs to me that people understand the sharing of learning resources in very different ways. Even over the past 15 years that I’ve been involved in the field, the emphasis has regularly shifted. One way … Read more

Glimpse into the Future of Repositories: videos now available!

DevCSI Challenge @ Open Repositories 2011 http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/dev-challenge-or11/ As usual the standard of the entrants were very high and the solutions were diverse.  There was also high energy and an infectious buzz in the room during the presentations!  See videos at http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2011/07/29/or11-developer-challenge-videos/ JISC Prize: First: “Repository as a Service (RaaS).  Stuart Lewis, Kim Shepherd, Adam Field, … Read more

Marketing and other dirty words

I have been thinking a lot recently about how to move beyond the rhetoric of “open equals good” towards identifying where open approaches help us meet key business cases. A notable quote from the Power of Open book launch was that “open isn’t a business model, its a part of a business model”. I’m seeing … Read more