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Digital curation practices in institutional repositories in South India: a study

Shajitha C. (Department of Computer Applications, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 14 May 2020

Issue publication date: 20 October 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to identify the digital curation practices in institutional repositories (IRs) in South India.

Design/methodology/approach

A voluntary survey was conducted among the IR managers of 23 South Indian IRs, and the response rate was 87%.

Findings

This study found that the active participation of South Indian IRs was only seen in a few digital curation activities. However, of the 33 digital curation activities analyzed, the active participation of repositories was only seen in ten digital curation activities. The performance of preservation activities was extremely low, and disagreements were recorded by the survey participants toward several digital curation activities. The most disagreed digital curation activities were emulation and cease data curation. All the participants had assigned metadata and allowed file downloads in their repositories. Raman Research Institute had provided a good number of digital curation services in their IR.

Originality/value

This is an in-depth study investigating the digital curation practice currently underway in South Indian IRs, and the researcher could not find similar studies in this niche.

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Citation

C., S. (2020), "Digital curation practices in institutional repositories in South India: a study", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. 69 No. 8/9, pp. 557-578. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-10-2019-0125

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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