A DRIVER'S guide to European repositories by Kasja Weenink, Leo Waaijers, Karen van Godtsenhoven

By Kasja Weenink, Leo Waaijers, Karen van Godtsenhoven

The Driver's advisor is a realistic consultant for repository managers and associations who are looking to construct their very own repository. This identify comes in the OAPEN Library - http://www.oapen.org.

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Due to the scope of this study these could not be addressed here. 16 Interviews were held in late 2006 and early 2007, and therefore the data are based on 2005 and 2006 figures. In-depth case studies were then written based on a number of topics of relevance to the key target groups of the study, institutional repository managers and their policy makers. eu. By using good practices, cases are compared with one another, where relevant visible similar contexts or areas of interest and allowing one to see the variety of solutions to the population challenges there are at hand.

Most repositories surveyed used open source software so this was free, and two institutions wrote their own software. For one of these, the effort remains uncosted in detail but staff time is estimated at 1 FTE for one year. For the other institution, which undertook very extensive software development work, the cost was estimated at €250,000. Outsourced repositories hosted at the home institution cost around €7,000 to set up, and outsourced built-and-hosted repositories around €38,000. The outlier in the study was the big national repository which is running on 12 servers and has provision for dozens of terabytes of storage.

It is hoped 49 that the in-depth investigation of these six cases will help others to tackle the issue of institutional repository population in their own environments, focusing on it anew within the broader context of other initiatives. 1 Analytical framework This study aims to investigate the stimuli for populating repositories. Based on the analysis of the case studies, six areas can be identified which influence the form and life of a populated repository: 1) policy issues, 2) organisation, 3) mechanisms and influential factors for populating repositories, 4) services, 5) advocacy and communication and 6) legal issues.

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