Since I’m planning to talk about all the contextual aspects of informal, might I say feral publication online as compared to the database entries I make into BORA, I’m glad that Theo Andrew, co-author of a recent book title Institutional Repositories is explaining what an institutional repository really is.

A repository is “a set of services that a university offers to the memvbers of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members.” (Lynch, 2003)

Motivations can be various: dissemination? preservation? management?

Rune Nilsen, speaking before, said a university’s repository of publications should ideally be the institutional memory of knowledge and said he wanted the university to have its own knowledge management unit.

Theo has showed a number of different ways of setting up an institutional repository, and says that now we’ve figured out most of the technical problems but we still need to build user communities.

He finishes his talk with a slide of questions to the audience. Nice touch.

2 thoughts on “what is an institutional repository anyway?

  1. Theo Andrew

    I hope that my talk helped you to understand repositories more!!

  2. Jill

    Indeed, it did šŸ™‚

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Image on a black background of a human hand holding a graphic showing the word AI with a blue circuit board pattern inside surrounded by blurred blue and yellow dots and a concentric circular blue design.
AI and algorithmic culture Machine Vision

Four visual registers for imaginaries of machine vision

I’m thrilled to announce another publication from our European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project on Machine Vision: Gabriele de Setaand Anya Shchetvina‘s paper analysing how Chinese AI companies visually present machine vision technologies. They find that the Chinese machine vision imaginary is global, blue and competitive.  De Seta, Gabriele, and Anya Shchetvina. ā€œImagining Machine […]

Do people flock to talks about ChatGPT because they are scared?

Whenever I give talks about ChatGPT and LLMs, whether to ninth graders, businesses or journalists, I meet people who are hungry for information, who really want to understand this new technology. I’ve interpreted this as interest and a need to understand – but yesterday, Eirik Solheim said that every time […]

How to use ChatGPT to get past writer’s block

Having your own words processed and restated can help you improve your thinking and your writing.Ā That’s one reason why talking with someone about your ideas can help you clarify your thoughts. ChatGPT is certainly no replacement for a knowledgable friend or colleague, but can can definitely help you remix your […]