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The Successful Repository

An APSR event, to be hosted by the University of Queensland and in collaboration with QULOC and RUBRIC.

Thursday, June 29, 2006. 9:00am - 5:00pm
(Registration commences at 8:30am)

Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane.

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Setting up an institutional repository is the easy part; keeping it going, in the long term, year after year, is hard. It's also not cheap.

While repositories can be set up initially using existing infrastructure, they cannot be maintained successfully without real commitment from their home institutions, backed up by ongoing funding.

The repository movement may be in bandwagon phase now, with many institutions queueing up to create one. But to succeed, and to stay viable, repositories need solid business models, adequate staffing, appropriate institutional support, such as mandatory deposit policies, and guaranteed funding so that staff time can be allocated to building, publicising and improving the service rather than endlessly chasing funding.

Most institutions now have a solid grasp of the theory of open access repositories, but what's the reality? What do they really cost? Can it be demonstrated that they give value for money? What are the successful business models? What are the compelling arguments in favour of building one that will attract ever-scarcer funds? How do we become important players in our institutions?

Who should attend?


Speakers will include
Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean, Public Services & Collection Development, University of Rochester, and
John Houghton, Professorial Fellow in Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University

The role and management of institutional repositories within Australia will be further discussed by:

Andrew Bennett, Executive Manager, Library Information Technology Service, University of Queensland;
Paula Callan, EResearch Access Coordinator, Queensland University of Technology;
Katie Cavanagh, Lecturer in Digital Media, Flinders University;
Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support, Queensland University of Technology;
Ross Coleman, Manager, Innovation and Development, University of Sydney;
Peter Sefton, Technical Manager, RUBRIC Project:
Belinda Weaver, Coordinator, ePrintsUQ and UQ eSpace, University of Queensland
Keith Webster, University Librarian and Director of Learning Services, University of Queensland.


The cost of The Successful Repository is $75 per person.

This amount is subsidised by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories which is funded to do outreach work in this area by the Department of Education, Science and Training as part of the Commonwealth Government's "Backing Australia's Ability - An Innovative Action Plan for the Future".

Places for this event are limited because of the size of the venue.


You will need to register via our registration form.

Registrations will not be accepted after close of business, Monday, June 26.


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