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Report from the Institutional Repositories Workgroup

Abstract / OSI2017 Workgroup Question

Our task in the second OSI convening of the institutional repository workgroup was to propose a way forward for repository and infrastructure solutions: detailing what’s needed before action can be taken, what this action should look like, and what actors should be involved.

Our main recommendation is directional: repositories must evolve and move toward interoperability and sustainability.

  • Repositories should be diverse, decentralized, interoperable networks across the world.
  • It is time for repository staff to shift focus more towards interoperability (policy-driven, research-relevant, and standards-based) and less on supporting content.
  • The scholarly communication community should be incentivized to make choices related to repositories that are more sustainable.

The scope and power of OSI lies in clarifying what this means and coordinating (or suggesting coordination) among existing stakeholders. OSI is not currently able to sustain, support, or itself build the solutions.

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Published by Mason Publishing, online at osi.gmu.edu. Copyright OSI, distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This document reflects the combined input of the authors as well as contributions from other OSI participants. The findings and recommendations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of individual authors, nor of their agencies, trustees, officers, or staff.