By Roy Tennant
September 15, 2002
University libraries are turning attention to collecting "grey literature." Grey literature includes scholarly work, such as working papers or technical reports, in either pre-publication or non-commercial publication form. An array of web-based systems has emerged to facilitate deposit of papers, and manage and preserve university research output.
Software and implementation models are central concerns in implementing an institutional repository. Examples of open-source software include ePrints, from the UK's University of Southampton, which is currently used at CalTech Digital Collections and Indiana University's Digital Library of the Commons. Similar to ePrints is MIT's Dspace, slated to become open source in the near future. The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) is a commercial software solution.
Decisions on implementation models require individual institutional assessment. Universities must determine what materials will be collected, and under whose responsibility. Similarly, institutions must determine how these research repositories will be sustained over time. Will funding for repositories be part of the basic infrastructure? Or will participating departments be charged for use? Other repository issues remain unresolved, but many argue these collections "should be a no-brainer for most academic institutions."
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Berkeley Electronic Press
Caltech Digital Collections
"The Case for Institutional Repositories"
Digital Library of the Commons
Open Archives Institute
"What is Grey Literature?"
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