Digital Repository Management Uncovered

4 03 2010

Digital Repository Management Uncovered is a WEBWISE 2010 preconference presentation by Jessica Branco Colati and Sarah Shreeves.  Colati and Shreeves provide a great primer for understanding digital repositories. They discuss the components of  a DR management framework to include key areas, functions, and policies that provide for the  drive and sustainability DRs.  6 key components of DRs include (1) Hardware (2) Software (3) Content (4) Relationships (5) Controls & (6) Trust.  The abstract of the presentation reads:

“More and more libraries are establishing repository manager positions – either full time or as a piece of another position, but because of the newness of this area, the responsibilities of a repository manager are sometimes not well defined. This session will give an overview of the major areas of repository management institutions should be aware of and offer strategies and tools for participants. This session is platform agnostic and focuses on issues around preservation policies and activities, access and dissemination, and intellectual property of repository management, as well supporting sustainability and growth. The session will be useful whether or not your repository is in-house or hosted elsewhere.”

JISC Digital Repositories InfoKit covers the same ground as Colati & Shreeves’ presentation. It also contains information on a broad range of topics running from the initial idea of a digital repository and the planning process to the maintenance and ongoing management of the repository. The main focus is on institutional repositories.

Thanks to  IDEALS for providing access to the presentation. IDEALS collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship – unpublished and, in many cases, published – directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material. Contact Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS Coordinator, for more information.

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