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Publication date: 25 July 2008

Rekha Mittal and G. Mahesh

The purpose of this research is to identify and evaluate the collections within digital libraries and repositories in India available in the public domain.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to identify and evaluate the collections within digital libraries and repositories in India available in the public domain.

Design/methodology/approach

The digital libraries and repositories were identified through a study of the literature, as well as internet searching and browsing. The resulting digital libraries and repositories were explored to study their collections.

Findings

Use of open source software especially for the creation of institutional repositories is found to be common. However, major digital library initiatives such as the Digital Library of India use custom‐made software. The collection size in most digital libraries and repositories is in a few hundreds.

Practical implications

The paper highlights the state of digital libraries and repositories in India in late 2007.

Originality/value

The paper is the first of its kind that attempts to identify and evaluate digital libraries and repositories in India. It also gives a comprehensive listing of digital libraries and institutional repositories in India available in the public domain.

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Program, vol. 42 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 4 September 2009

Adolfo G. Prieto

Digital repositories offer a great benefit to people in a variety of settings, especially since an ever‐increasing amount of information is being gathered, transmitted…

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Purpose

Digital repositories offer a great benefit to people in a variety of settings, especially since an ever‐increasing amount of information is being gathered, transmitted, and preserved through various technologies. The purpose of this paper is to underscore trust as a critical element in the infrastructure of digital repositories and to look more closely at trusted digital repositories from the perspective of the user communities for which they are designed.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper looks to the literature in reviewing the concept of trust and its role in an online environment. Attention is then paid to trusted digital repositories, with close examination of the user communities’ perceptions of trust and the impact of these perceptions. Special attention is given to users within the academic community.

Findings

While digital repositories may be trustworthy because of adherence to technological standards, accepted practices, and mechanisms for authenticating the authorship and accuracy of their content, it is ultimately their respective stakeholders – both those who deposit and use content – whose perceptions play a central role in ensuring a digital repository's trustworthiness.

Research limitations/implications

A future empirical study would be beneficial in order to measure perceptions of trust as contributing factors to the trustworthiness of digital repositories.

Practical implications

This paper provides a useful resource for persons wishing to review the topic of trusted digital repositories or increase their awareness in this area.

Originality/value

This paper offers a focused look at various levels of trust as they relate to the dissemination of scholarly communication in the academic world, particularly through institutional repositories.

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Library Review, vol. 58 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 23 November 2012

Angela Repanovici

The aim of this paper is to undertake professional profiling of the trustworthy digital repositories managers. Starting from the ISO standard: trustworthy digital

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Purpose

The aim of this paper is to undertake professional profiling of the trustworthy digital repositories managers. Starting from the ISO standard: trustworthy digital repositories, 2011, an interdisciplinary high education program was designed and adapted to the requirements and skills of the electronic information managers.

Design/methodology/approach

The interdisciplinary study program “Advanced systems for libraries, archives and museums”, which is proposed will be disseminated to the 2011 graduates. An online questionnaire is generated and distributed to the engineering students and information science students. The research was developed at Transilvania University.

Findings

The digital repository manager is a very important job for the future of the society. The engineering students proposed very precise topics in the field of IT, skills meant to predict the size of these databases and to assure fast information recovery systems, the ones from information science proposed topics for information management, copyright conditions and information security. This is the premise of creating an attractive curriculum.

Research limitations/implications

The sample size limits the extent of statistical analyses and possible generalizations. The planned qualitative research may help in confirmation of the repository manager profiles.

Originality/value

The proposed model may be generalized. The profile of the digital repositories manager is of great interest throughout the world. This paper describes a unique approach and could be transferred to other countries and communities.

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Publication date: 6 February 2017

Paul Alonso Gaona-García, David Martin-Moncunill and Carlos Enrique Montenegro-Marin

This paper aims to present an overview of the challenges encountered in integrating visual search interfaces into digital libraries and repositories. These challenges come…

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Purpose

This paper aims to present an overview of the challenges encountered in integrating visual search interfaces into digital libraries and repositories. These challenges come in various forms, including information visualisation, the use of knowledge organisation systems and metadata quality. The main purpose of this study is the identification of criteria for the evaluation and integration of visual search interfaces, proposing guidelines and recommendations to improve information retrieval tasks with emphasis on the education-al context.

Design/methodology/approach

The information included in this study was collected based on a systematic literature review approach. The main information sources were explored in several digital libraries, including Science Direct, Scopus, ACM and IEEE, and include journal articles, conference proceedings, books, European project reports and deliverables and PhD theses published in an electronic format. A total of 142 studies comprised the review.

Findings

There are several issues that authors did not fully discuss in this literature review study; more specific, aspects associated with access of digital resources in digital libraries and repositories based on human computer interaction, i.e. usability and learnability of user interfaces; design of a suitable navigation method of search based on simple knowledge organisation schemes; and the use of usefulness of visual search interfaces to locate relevant resources.

Research limitations/implications

The main steps for carrying out a systematic review are drawn from health care; this methodology is not commonly used in fields such as digital libraries and repositories. The authors aimed to apply the fundamentals of the systematic literature review methodology considering the context of this study. Additionally, there are several aspects of accessibility that were not considered in the study, such as accessibility to content for disabled people as defined by ISO/IEC 40500:2012.

Originality/value

No other systematic literature reviews have been conducted in this field. The research presents an in-depth analysis of the criteria associated with searching and navigation methods based on the systematic literature review approach. The analysis is relevant for researchers in the field of digital library and repository creation in that it may direct them to considerations in designing and implementing visual search interfaces based on the use of information visualisation.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 35 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

Helen Hockx‐Yu

To discuss the issues and challenges of digital preservation facing institutional repositories and to illustrate the Joint Information Systems Committee's (JISC) view on…

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Purpose

To discuss the issues and challenges of digital preservation facing institutional repositories and to illustrate the Joint Information Systems Committee's (JISC) view on institutional repositories and its key initiatives in helping UK institutions address these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of published work and JISC documents (public facing or internal) were used as reference material.

Findings

Digital preservation is a complex process and there are still many unsolved issues which make it a challenging task for institutional repositories. However, the wide deployment of institutional repositories also provides new opportunities for digital preservation. Much could be done to consider digital preservation from the outset, to involve the authors and to embed digital preservation into repository workflow, which will ease the later preservation tasks.

Research limitations/implications

A number of ongoing JISC‐funded projects are briefly reported which explore different models for the provision of digital preservation services for institutional repositories. These models may be a way forward to tackle collectively the issue of long‐term preservation within the setting of institutional repositories. Depending on the outcomes of the projects, further investigation and implementation could be undertaken to test the models.

Practical implications

This paper will help the reader to gain a better understanding of the issues related to digital preservation in general and how JISC's work has helped to tackle these issues.

Originality/value

This paper clearly states JISC's view on, and future plan for, digital repositories. This is of value to the UK educational community as JISC works on its behalf and responds to its needs.

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Program, vol. 40 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 16 June 2021

Tolulope Balogun and Trywell Kalusopa

The purpose of this study is to assess the digital preservation policies and plans for long-term digital preservation in selected repositories in South Africa, with a view…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to assess the digital preservation policies and plans for long-term digital preservation in selected repositories in South Africa, with a view to develop a digital preservation framework for the preservation of Indigenous knowledge system (IKS) in South Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

Through the multiple case study research design, data was obtained from eight respondents in four Indigenous Knowledge Systems Documentation Centers (IKSDCs) in institutions that are part of the National Recordal Systems (NRS) initiative across four provinces in South Africa using in-depth face-to-face interviews. Data collected was also supplemented with the content analysis of several policy documents in South Africa.

Findings

The findings reveal that there are no digital preservation policies in place in the institutions, especially long-term digital preservation for IKS. However, some of the institutions are formulating policies that will include the management of IKS collected in the institutions. This study also reveals that digital curation, policy formulation and disaster preparedness plans to some extent are measures said to be in place for the digital preservation of IKS.

Research limitations/implications

This study focuses mainly on the NRS initiative in South Africa. Indigenous Knowledge (IK) related to traditional medicine, traditional plants and food are currently being digitized at the IKSDCs by IK recorders. This study will help in ensuring that the South African Government’s effort and investment in digitizing IKS and making them accessible online is not wasted. This study will help mitigate the risk of damage and alteration over time, either deliberately or in error.

Originality/value

This study fills a gap in the literature on the digitization and digital preservation of IKS from the context of the NRS project in South Africa. Very few studies have been carried out on the digital preservation of IKS in Africa. This study also proposed a framework for the digital preservation of IKS in South Africa.

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Records Management Journal, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Publication date: 13 November 2017

Arjun Sabharwal and Gerald R. Natal

The purpose of this case study is to demonstrate a current model, as well as explore future models, for integrating institutional repositories (IRs) in higher education…

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Purpose

The purpose of this case study is to demonstrate a current model, as well as explore future models, for integrating institutional repositories (IRs) in higher education goals at the University of Toledo.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a case study that uses literature review as an exploratory framework for new approaches while reflecting on existing literature to present the current practical framework for using IRs.

Findings

The digital environment has pushed academic institutions toward new strategies for curating their record on scholarship and preserving their heritage collections, using their IRs. Innovative approaches are also vital to curating the IR content digitally to facilitate access to those contents in ways that was not possible a few decades ago. Surveys and existing literature point to increasing uses of IRs despite abstinence from considering open access for scholarly activity among faculty concerned about copyright, plagiarism and sustainability. Staffing and funding IR initiatives are important factors in sustaining the curation of scholarship in the digital environment.

Practical implications

IRs with open access publishing, expert gallery and digital library features place academic libraries in a central role as partners in digital scholarship.

Originality/value

This case study presents an original approach to incorporating the IR into the curation of digital content while also considering potential uses of knowledge management approaches for data and knowledge sharing in an academic environment.

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Digital Library Perspectives, vol. 33 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2059-5816

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Article
Publication date: 30 September 2013

Patrick Mapulanga

– The purpose of this paper is to look at the prospects and challenges of digitising library resources and building digital repositories in the University of Malawi Libraries.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to look at the prospects and challenges of digitising library resources and building digital repositories in the University of Malawi Libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Data collected through online questions sent to college librarians, ICT director and systems administrator (Chancellor College and Bunda College) and assistant librarians or repository co-ordinators in the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (UNIMA) coupled with technical reports on digital and institutional repository projects in the UNIMA Libraries.

Findings

The results of the study have indicated that the UNIMA Libraries are digitising library resources and building digital repositories though the pace is very slow. Bandwidth has increased though accessibility of the resources is hampered by its inadequacy. The databases are frequently attacked by viruses and are locally available through intranet. Policy statements were not drawn for the projects, instead an insertion was done in the research and publications rules and regulations on copyright for theses and dissertations. The majority of the projects lack technical skills, especially running the systems in secure operating Linux-based system environments. Three of the five colleges adopted Greenstone, two adopted DSpace and one adopted Procite depending on the training received and the source of funding. The initial projects relied on external funding for their roll out.

Practical implications

The study recommends that college librarians should lobby for training in ICT skills in order to sustain the projects. Funding for digital repositories should be included in the annual budget estimates of the college libraries. Librarians should draw policies specifically for digitisation of library resources, copyright and building of digital repositories in the UNIMA Libraries. ICT department should assist in migrating the repositories to Linux-based environments.

Originality/value

There is little researched information on digitisation of library resources and building digital repositories in Malawi, yet there is quite a variety of rare information about the country. This research will add some information on the progress made in digitising Malawiana collection which has cultural heritage, educational and research value.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 31 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 10 November 2014

Christoph Becker, Luis Faria and Kresimir Duretec

Preservation environments such as repositories need scalable and context-aware preservation planning and monitoring capabilities to ensure continued accessibility of…

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Purpose

Preservation environments such as repositories need scalable and context-aware preservation planning and monitoring capabilities to ensure continued accessibility of content over time. This article identifies a number of gaps in the systems and mechanisms currently available and presents a new, innovative architecture for scalable decision-making and control in such environments.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper illustrates the state of the art in preservation planning and monitoring, highlights the key challenges faced by repositories to provide scalable decision-making and monitoring facilities, and presents the contributions of the SCAPE Planning and Watch suite to provide such capabilities.

Findings

The presented architecture makes preservation planning and monitoring context-aware through a semantic representation of key organizational factors, and integrates this with a business intelligence system that collects and reasons upon preservation-relevant information.

Research limitations/implications

The architecture has been implemented in the SCAPE Planning and Watch suite. Integration with repositories and external information sources provide powerful preservation capabilities that can be freely integrated with virtually any repository.

Practical implications

The open nature of the software suite enables stewardship organizations to integrate the components with their own preservation environments and to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the systems.

Originality/value

The paper reports on innovative research and development to provide preservation capabilities. The results enable proactive, continuous preservation management through a context-aware planning and monitoring cycle integrated with operational systems.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 30 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

Jingfeng Xia

To propose improvements to the identification of authors' names in digital repositories.

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Purpose

To propose improvements to the identification of authors' names in digital repositories.

Design/methodology/approach

Analysis of current name authorities in digital resources, particularly in digital repositories, and analysis of some features of existing repository applications.

Findings

This paper finds that the variations of authors' names have negatively affected the retrieval capability of digital repositories. Two possible solutions include using composite identifiers that combine author name, publication date, and author affiliation, and also asking authors to input the variants of their name, if any, at the time of depositing articles.

Originality/value

This is the first time that the approach of authors self‐depositing their name variations is proposed. This approach will be able to reduce confusions in name identification.

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Program, vol. 40 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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