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Reframing research access

Jayshree Mamtora (James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)
Prashant Pandey (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 20 November 2020

Issue publication date: 16 February 2021




The paper describes how Charles Darwin University (CDU) used a three-pronged approach to better serve its researchers: it developed a single interface for improved accessibility and discoverability of its research outputs, consolidated its corresponding policies and procedures and implemented training programs to support the new portal. This in turn made its suite of research outputs more openly accessible and better discoverable. The intention was to make CDU research compliant with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) policy statement, affirming the need to make Australia's research more visible, thereby enabling better access, better collaboration locally and internationally and researchers more accountable to their community.


This paper uses case study methodology and a qualitative approach.


CDU Library collaborated with the University’s Research Office in undertaking a series of strategies towards reframing access to its research. The partners migrated their research collections into a single, new, integrated interface; developed new policies and consolidated existing ones; and to this end, rolled out a training and educational program for the research community. The intention of the program was to introduce the Pure repository to new researchers and to train all staff to self archive and curate their own research outputs. This new streamlined approach ensured a more comprehensive and timely availability and accessibility of the University's research outputs.


A single source of truth was established through the migration of iCDU’s research collections, ensuring data quality was maintained. At the start of this project, there were few institutions in Australia using the Pure system, and even fewer using it as their sole repository for displaying research outputs.



This article is a revision of a paper presented at the VALA2020 Conference.


Mamtora, J. and Pandey, P. (2021), "Reframing research access", Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 1/2, pp. 70-79.



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