Repository


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This is a proposed new standard glossary term. See this post for background on this review track. To comment on the term below either click the blue “Reply” button at the bottom or select a passage of text in the term and click the “Quote” pop-up to create a comment about that section only.

Short Definition: A database that preserves, manages, and provides access to many types of digital materials in a variety of formats.

Extended Definition: A database that preserves, manages, and provides access to many types of digital materials in a variety of formats. Materials in online repositories are curated to enable search, discovery, and reuse. There must be sufficient control for the digital material to be authentic, reliable, accessible and usable on a continuing basis.

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Acronym:

Related Terms: Institutional repository, subject repository, data repository, pre-prints repository

Sources:

Term Lead: Kathleen Shearer


#2

Would it be useful to reference a directory such as ROAR or OpenDOAR? also to distinguish between repositories and networking sites such as academia.edu


#3

Worth taking a look at this post by Neil Jacobs: https://scholarlycommunications.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2016/05/31/what-is-a-repository/ in case there is anything worth adding. He notes the following features of an OA repository:

  1. Allow deposit of digital research outputs
  2. Manage those digital research outputs
  3. Disseminate digital research outputs over the internet
  4. No login or subscription required to access outputs
  5. Are fully interoperable with other research systems
  6. Have some role with respect to preservation

#4

alternative definition:

“Proposed definition: Digital collection of the scientific-technological production of an institution, which allows the search and recovery for its subsequent national and international use. A digital repository contains mechanisms for importing, identifying, storing, preserving, retrieving, and exporting a set of digital objects, usually from a web portal. These objects are described by means of labels that facilitate their recovery. In turn, digital repositories are open and interactive, as they comply with international protocols that allow interoperability between them. The repositories can be classified, among other options, according to the institutional situation in own or shared and, according to their contents, in repositories of data, publications, mixed and / or thematic. Repositories do not require their users to register or belong to the institution. A repository is governed through a set of policies.”


#5

I do not agree with limiting the definition to “scientific-technological” content, as there are many institutions that use repositories for research in the arts and humanities. I’d also suggest re-wording the definition to provide consistency with the definitions of related terms (specifically subject- and institutional repositories). Suggested alternative:

  • Short definition = An online, digital collection of research outputs.
  • Extended definition = An online, digital collection of research outputs, frequently connected by either discipline (see “Subject repository”) or institutional affiliation (see “Institutional repository”). Unlike academic networking services - like academia.edu or ResearchGate, which also offer users the ability to upload and share copies of their work - a repository is often rigorously curated, with a particular emphasis on ensuring the long-term preservation and discoverability of the outputs. Many repositories also focus on ensuring long-term access to the contents of their collections and may have explicit policies on the reuse of their contents. Repositories may offer some degree of Open Access to their collections, they may require users to login for access, and they may sometimes contain metadata-only records. However, a fully Open Access repository will normally be expected to provide full access to its contents without limitation, and to facilitate the reuse of its contents with as few restrictions as possible.
  • Related terms = Institutional repository; Subject repository; Open archive; Data repository

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