New Content in Digital Repositories

New Content in Digital Repositories

The Changing Research Landscape

1st Edition - October 31, 2013

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  • Authors: Natasha Simons, Joanna Richardson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347439
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634098

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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

    Chapter 6: Research data: the new gold


    The data deluge

    Repositories and research data

    Making the case for open access to research data

    Further resources

    Chapter 7: Exposing and sharing repository content



    The OAI-PMH

    Other ways of exchanging repository content

    Repository directories and discovery portals

    Chapter 8: Selecting repository software



    Functionality to be considered

    Open-source versus commercial

    Considering a collaborative approach

    Cloud hosting

    Repository certification


    Chapter 9: Repository statistics altmetrics


    Repository content and usage statistics

    Shortcomings in repository statistics


    Chapter 10: Conclusion




Product details

  • No. of pages: 252
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2013
  • Published: October 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347439
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780634098

About the Authors

Natasha Simons

Natasha Simons
Natasha Simons is a Senior Data Management Specialist with the Australian National Data Service based at Griffith University. Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Project Manager in the eResearch Services unit at Griffith and managed several projects that built technical infrastructure to support the university’s researchers. She is also a librarian and spent eight years working at the National Library of Australia in Canberra prior to working at Griffith. Natasha is a member of the Council of Australian University Librarians Research Advisory Committee and enjoys contributing back to her profession by participating in conferences, workshops, online discussions and formal publications.

Joanna Richardson

Joanna Richardson is Library Strategy Adviser in the Division of Information Services at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Previously she was responsible for scholarly content and discovery services including repositories, procurement, research publications and resource discovery. Joanna has also worked as an Information Technology Librarian in university libraries in both North America and Australia, and has been a lecturer in library and information science. Recent publications have been centred on resource discovery and research data management frameworks.

Affiliations and Expertise

Griffith University, Australia

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