The IncReASe project will build upon the first phase of White Rose Research Online, a shared institutional repository for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The repository runs on GNU ePrints software and contains a variety of research outputs from across the Consortium.
The project will investigate ways of increasing the amount of content in White Rose Research Online by assessing how the repository can best be located within researcher workflows. In particular, we will look at which repository upload and checking processes could be automated. In order to encourage researchers to use the repository, we will aim to:
- capture significantly more new content, as it is created, than we do at present
- look at ways of handling the substantial amount of legacy publications across the consortium
- facilitate a transition from uncoordinated deposit across distributed networks to a coordinated, centralised deposit model for the White Rose Institutions
- establish a deposit workflow for ESRC funded works
- investigate repository based services which would be of value to researchers.
The wider repository community
Areas addressed in the IncReASe project may be of general interest to the broader repository community. The project aims to:
- Explore mechanisms for the automatic harvesting of metadata and full-text content from a range of sources, including departmental websites, databases and personal home pages.
- Test a number of mechanisms for the automatic population of repository content and metadata, and make recommendations for the consequent impact on institutional roles in relation to support for repositories.
- Organise the repository buffer to take advantage of economies of scale e.g. grouping by publisher
- Review the relationship between institutional repositories and national and subject repositories, and explore the workflow implications for the population of Research Council repositories in particular.
- Explore issues for academic and research staff around the research and publication lifecycle, and make recommendations for the optimal point at which research outputs should be deposited in both subject and institutional repositories.
- Offer outputs from the repository to feed local systems such as departmental and individual web pages, and Portals.
- Offer customized statistics on repository growth and usage that can be tailored for individual, departmental and institutional level needs.
This repository is contributing to JISC RepositoryNet.
The aim of JISC RepositoryNet is to help form an interoperable network of repositories. It will do this by providing UK universities and colleges with access to trusted and expert information about repositories and by supporting some key services that form building blocks for a network of repositories.