New Content in Digital Repositories

1st Edition

The Changing Research Landscape

Print ISBN: 9781843347439
eBook ISBN: 9781780634098
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 252
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Institutional Access


Research institutions are under pressure to make their outputs more accessible in order to meet funding requirements and policy guidelines. Libraries have traditionally played an important role by exposing research output through a predominantly institution-based digital repository, with an emphasis on storing published works. New publishing paradigms are emerging that include research data, huge volumes of which are being generated globally. Repositories are the natural home for managing, storing and describing institutional research content. New Content in Digital Repositories explores the diversity of content types being stored in digital repositories with a focus on research data, creative works, and the interesting challenges they pose. Chapters in this title cover: new content types in repositories; developing and training repository teams; metadata schemas and standards for diverse resources; persistent identifiers for research data and authors; research data: the new gold; exposing and sharing repository content; selecting repository software; repository statistics and altmetrics.

Key Features

  • Explores the role of repositories in the research lifecycle, and the emerging context for increasing non-text based content
  • Focuses on the management of research data in repositories and related issues such as metadata and persistent identifiers
  • Discusses skills and knowledge needed by repository staff to manage content diversity


Information Professionals, particularly repository managers and metadata librarians; Academic library managers

Table of Contents

New Content in Digital Repositories: The changing research landscape

List of tables

List of abbreviations



About the authors

Chapter 1: Introduction


Types of repositories

Research accessibility

Research accountability

Data sharing

Learning life cycle


Digital sustainability

Rethinking repositories to meet new challenges

Chapter 2: New content types in repositories


Changing nature of repository content types


Streaming media

Artwork as research

Research datasets

Research outputs in learning and teaching

Student-generated content

Web archiving

User as content creator


Legacy collections

Chapter 3: Developing and training repository teams



Selecting staff

Skills identified in authors’ survey

Expertise required with new types of content

Research data and its specialised requirements

Expertise required in copyright and rights management

Training and development

Sustaining teams

Chapter 4: Metadata schemas and standards for diverse resources


What is ‘metadata’?

Metadata standards and schemas

Metadata for research data

Metadata for people and organisations

Metadata for film and creative works

Standard approach to metadata

Guidelines for selecting a metadata schema

Chapter 5: Persistent identifiers for research data and authors


What are persistent identifiers?

Guidelines for selecting persistent identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for research data

Solving name ambiguity: identifiers for people and groups</p


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"...this up-to-date, clear and well-written primer provides a practical perspective on key aspects of digital repositories and what librarians and archivists need to be thinking about as they plan to ingest new content."--The Australian Library Journal,Vol. 63, No. 2, 2014