Jisc Development Programmes Scoping Report

Prospero
DRAFT Scoping Report
V1July 2006
Question: As an e-print repository, what document types and file formats should the policy allow to
be deposited?
For document types:
Recommendation: Display a prominent policy that encourages post-prints, e.g. works such as a
peer-reviewed journal article, a committee-reviewed conference paper, or an editorially reviewed
book chapter. Do not disallow pre-prints that conform to the accepted filetypes.
For file types:
Recommendation: Accept the narrow set of filetypes as currently deployed in the test service:
html, pdf, postscript and ASCII (which can include XML and HTML). Encourage depositors to deposit
their original format alongside the accepted format (such as their Word document).
I. Introduction (EDINA)
The following section is extracted from an earlier scoping document that was circulated to
the project’s oversight committee (Burnhill, 2006).
i. Sketch of proposed ‘Repository Junction’
This scoping was carried out to identify practical ways in which a national facility for Open
Access deposit could assist JISC in its support both of Institutional Repositories (IRs) and
of Open Access (OA), each recognised as means of maximising exposure and access of
scholarly works by researchers.
The rationale for national services is to deliver value over and above activity that can be
carried out at institutional level - in terms of productivity for academic staff and students in
their tasks and productivity for the academic services staff in their support roles. From the
outset of the Prospero Project commissioned by the JISC, we have tried to think through
where value could be added and productivity delivered. Key to that was a form of
stakeholder analysis that made plain who had interest in what. This has helped shape the
aims and objectives for this national 'depot' facility.
We have to support the aims of OA as well as assist the success of IRs. This suggested
that what is required was some form of 'repository junction', one that:
(1) would attract the attention of researchers-as-authors through national
promotion,
(2) would help populate extant IRs
(3) would assist the emergence of other IRs
(4) would otherwise act as a keep-safe and expose content under OA.
The JISC has commissioned the RDN, now Intute, to design, build and run a federated
search facility geared at assisting the potential user of materials deposited in Open Access
repositories; our task is to assist the deposit process. Both aspects are to contribute to the
JISC Repositories Programme and its envisaged national network of repositories.
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