Put it in the Depot... That is the simple message to be promoted as part of the Jisc Repositories and Preservation programme in support of deposit of research publications under terms of Open Access.
The general strategy being adopted in the UK is that every university should develop and establish its own institutional repository (IR), as part of a comprehensive ‘Jisc RepositoryNet’. Many researchers can already make use of the IRs set up in their institution, but that is not (yet) the case for all. A key purpose for The Depot is to bridge that gap during the period before all have such provision, and to provide a deposit facility that will enable all UK researchers to expose their publications to readers under terms of Open Access.
The Depot will also have a re-direct function to link researchers to the appropriate home pages of their own institutional repositories. The end result should be more content in repositories, making it easier for researchers and policy makers to have peer-reviewed research results exposed to wider readership under Open Access.
The Depot is an outcome from a scoping study called ‘Prospero’ carried out during 2006 when EDINA and SHERPA (University of Nottingham) The principal focus for The Depot is the deposit of post-prints, digital versions of published journal articles and similar items were asked to work together. The report from that study is listed on the EDINA web site, in the past projects archive.
The Depot is only one of a large number of projects funded under the Jisc Repository & Preservation Programme but is one of four projects that play a central supporting role to the Programme. The Intute Search project plays a complementary role to The Depot with its focus on cross-searching repositories. There is also advocacy and organisational assistance from the Repository Support Project and technical development work from the Repository Research Project. More about these can be found on the Jisc web pages.
The principal focus for The Depot is the deposit of post-prints, digital versions of published journal articles and similar items. There are plans to include links to places for depositing other digital materials, such as research datasets and learning materials. As indicated, The Depot helps provide a level-playing field for all UK researchers and their institutions, especially when deposit under Open Access is required by grant funding bodies. It may also become a useful facility for institutions as they implement and manage their own repositories, helping to promote the habit of deposit among staff, with the simple message, ‘put it in the depot’.
The Depot is based on E-Prints software and is compliant with the Open Archive Initiative (OAI), which promotes standards for repository interoperability. Its contents will be harvested and searched through the Intute Repository Search project. It offers a redirect service, UK Repository Junction, to ensure that content that comes within the remit of an extant repository is correctly placed there instead of in The Depot.
Additionally, as IRs are created, The Depot will offer a transfer service for content deposited by authors based at those universities, to help populate the new IRs. The Depot will therefore act as a ‘keepsafe’ until a repository of choice becomes available for deposited scholarly content. In this way, The Depot will avoid competing with extant and emerging IRs while bridging gaps in the overall repository landscape and encouraging more open access deposits. Those wishing to register interest in The Depot in advance of its launch, perhaps with the opportunity to give feedback on the pre-release version, please contact the EDINA Helpdesk ([email protected]).
This article is reproduced from EDINA Newsline.