Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository

Yesterday (04 Dec 2007) I had the pleasure of presenting at Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository: Gathering Content and Building Use, an educational workshop hosted by NISO at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) near Washington, DC. It was great to see many familiar faces and to meet in person several colleagues whose work I actively follow.

NISO collected each of our presentations and has linked to them from the workshop agenda page.

A consistent theme that built throughout the day was one of adding value for the individual user/contributor. In my own presentation, the future of dspace: making dspace personal (making dspace social) (pdf) the focus was on giving the individual scholar incentives for "living" within their institution's dspace and especially the role of the institutional repository in scholarly networks populated by researchers with Facebook-driven social networking sensibilities.

For more on this theme, see my earlier comments in this blog and also refer to this recent article in OCLC's NextSpace in which the editors asked nine experts to explore and comment on the trends and behaviors of users of the social Web. During the conference I also mentioned Danah Boyd's recent talk at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. See this page for information on that talk and to download audio or video.

I'll update this posting when links to the NISO presentations (and video) become available. Stay tuned! Updated 07 Dec 2007

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