RSP at the 2008 UKSG Conference & Exhibition

17th April 2008, by

The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition was held 7th-9th April 2008 at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay. Attracting in excess of 650 delegates from across the world the conference offers all players in the serials information chain the opportunity to exchange news, views and information on the rapidly changing and developing global serials scene.

Bill Hubbard from the RSP ran two workshop sessions during the programme entitled "Managing research outputs" embedding repositories into the institutional research process.' These sessions offered delegates an interactive opportunity to examine repository issues, opportunities and emergent best practice. The discussions were focussed around the concept that i n the UK we have now passed beyond the first stage of repository adoption, with a significant number of institutional repositories currently gathering content. While much remains to be done in getting complete coverage within all HEIs, the first wave of establishment is becoming embedded within institutional processes.

The sessions looked at the current state of repositories and the way that they are evolving in both content and functionality as they become embedded into research processes. In responding to user needs and expectations, repositories are developing from the initial goal of simply holding digital duplicates of published research papers into something more comprehensive, with the potential to be a genuinely new tool in research support.

The wider range of content they are now amassing, in particular research data in response to funding agency requirements, means that their holdings represent a far fuller picture of research outputs. Developing additional functionality includes supporting cross-linking between research output types, data and text-mining, as well as information management tools for both institutions and individuals. This means that repositories are likely to become more akin to virtual research environments rather than simply dissemination tools, with the copy of the article as published becoming just one of many outputs which can be integrated to provide a richer research-output resource.

The RSP also hosted a stand during the exhibition to advertise forthcoming events, promote printed literature such as briefing papers, and distribute widely the relevant contact details for requesting follow up advice or assistance. To entice visitors to the stand there was an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win an RSP branded i-pod shuffle and repository fortune cookies complete with inspirational messages such as:

One of the most remarkable themes noted at the stand was that repositories in general are of interest to those beyond the academic sector; several conversations RSP staff engaged in were with those people interested in receiving support in building their repositories but who were from outside our traditional RSP audience of the HE sector.


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