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Publication date: 11 January 2022

Godwin Oberhiri-Orumah and Ebikabowei Ebikabowei Baro

The purpose of this study is to investigate the development of institutional repositories (IR) in tertiary institution libraries in Nigeria.

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the development of institutional repositories (IR) in tertiary institution libraries in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a survey research method. Online questionnaire and IR site investigation methods were used to collect data from 25 university libraries in Nigeria.

Findings

The study revealed that only 25 (14.7%) universities out of the 170 universities in Nigeria have successfully developed IRs and registered their presence in OpenDOAR. Other tertiary institutions such as Polytechnics and Colleges of Education investigated in Nigeria are yet to develop IRs. Contents such as theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and journal articles ranked highest being the most popular contents in the various IRs. The results showed that the development of IR saves space in the library, increases readership, increases access to local contents, minimizes damage to the original material, facilitates the dissemination of scholarly research and assists in globalization of Nigerian research findings. The IRs site investigation revealed that only few IRs have clearly defined access policy, content policy, submission policy and digital preservation policy. The study identified challenges such as inadequate facilities, unstable internet connectivity, lack of fund, irregular power supply, challenge of collecting materials for the IR, lack of skilled ICT personnel, copyright issues and absence of IR policies.

Practical implications

The results from the study will provide important data and insight into the development of institutional repositories in tertiary institution libraries in Nigeria, and generate suggestions for University Librarians, College Librarians, Polytechnic Librarians, tertiary institutions management and policy makers for developing institutional repositories in Nigeria and other developing countries.

Originality/value

The study investigated IR development in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The findings will inform other tertiary institutions in developing countries that the development of IR provides an opportunity for the visibility of local contents emanating from institutions and make them see the reason to embrace this laudable development.

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Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2514-9342

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Publication date: 1 January 1982

Don Kennington and Brenda White

A study of repository plans and practice has been carried out as part of the Universal Availability of Publications programme. The concept of a repository varies widely…

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A study of repository plans and practice has been carried out as part of the Universal Availability of Publications programme. The concept of a repository varies widely, but is generally equated with the storage, preservation and continued availability of low‐use material discarded by libraries through lack of space. Most repositories have a passive storage function rather than an active part in national interlending or acquisition systems, and relatively little attention has been given to them. Factors that influence the successful establishment of repositories include: the willingness and ability to transfer library stock; provision of buildings; the difficulties of managing repository stocks; relegation decisions; and user perceptions of their need for onsite access. Only nine countries were found to have co‐operative repositories, though many more had some storage facilities. Repository plans, but not their implementation, exist in some 12 countries. Australia, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic are currently developing national policies. It is concluded, however, that repositories suffer in general from being a long‐term need that is given low priority in relation to recent and more glamorous developments

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Interlending Review, vol. 10 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-2773

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Publication date: 1 April 2014

Mohammad Hanief Bhat

– The purpose of this paper is to explore various types of research materials in Indian institutional repositories.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore various types of research materials in Indian institutional repositories.

Design/methodology/approach

The repositories are identified from the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR). The repository sites were visited to collect the data necessary for the study.

Findings

The present study reveals that barring a few repositories the collections of most of the repositories are very low. The percentage of archived materials is high for journal papers, and moderate for conference papers/thesis. However it is very low for preprints/working papers, teaching resources and patents.

Originality/value

The study provides an overview of archived material in institutional repositories in India.

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Publication date: 29 August 2008

Gayatri Doctor

Digital repositories are still in nascent stages of development in academic institutions especially in developing countries like India. To identify the intellectual

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Purpose

Digital repositories are still in nascent stages of development in academic institutions especially in developing countries like India. To identify the intellectual capital, facilitate knowledge sharing and management among the faculty and research staff at management institutions, the creation of digital institutional repositories is becoming a necessity. Management institutes in a developing country like India have constraints on infrastructure, manpower and funding. Thus identifying the resource requirements to establish an institutional knowledge repository keeping in view these constraints is necessary. The paper aims to describe a simulation on an institutional knowledge repository (IKR) test bed at a Business School using a performance and load testing tool to determine the number of simultaneous users that the IKR on a minimal server configuration can support on the institute intranet.

Design/methodology/approach

An institutional knowledge repository (IKR) at ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad, is built on a system with a minimal configuration using open source DSpace Institutional repository software to capture the intellectual capital and enable knowledge sharing. A simulation on the IKR test bed at ICFAI Business School, using a performance and load testing tool, to determine the number of simultaneous users that the IKR on a minimal server configuration could support on the institute intranet, is described.

Findings

The simulation exercise helped determine that about ten‐15 simultaneous users could be supported on the institute intranet in the current minimal configuration that the IKR test bed was built on. The simulation exercise when repeated with a server with higher memory indicated support for 15‐20 simultaneous users. For institutions with less than 20 full time faculties and in the initial stages of IKR development this minimal system configuration was sufficient, though an IKR server with higher memory was recommended.

Research limitations/implications

Keeping in mind IT infrastructure constraints like disk space, memory and network in an academic institute; a minimal server configuration was chosen as the IKR Server and made available on the institute intranet as a part of the IKR test‐bed for the simulation exercise.

Practical implications

An IKR helps in capturing the intellectual capital and enabling knowledge sharing in a business school. An IKR can be initiated even with a minimal configuration at management institutes in a developing country like India.

Originality/value

It is critical that business schools in India should identify the intellectual capital, facilitate knowledge sharing and management among the faculty and research staff, by initiating the creation of an institutional knowledge repository. A business school with a small number of faculties can initiate the process of setting up an institutional repository even with constraints of infrastructure, manpower and funding. The IKR is of value to the faculty and institution.

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VINE, vol. 38 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 11 April 2008

Gayatri Doctor and Smitha Ramachandran

Management Institutions in India are being ranked by various surveys, which give importance to parameters like placements, brand value and intellectual capital

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Purpose

Management Institutions in India are being ranked by various surveys, which give importance to parameters like placements, brand value and intellectual capital. Intellectual capital of a Management Institute is the published scholarly material of its faculty consisting of of articles, journal papers published, case studies, books compiled, etc. Use of technologies like Institutional Repositories for capturing the intellectual capital and enabling knowledge sharing in academic institutions especially in developing countries like India are emerging. The purpose of this paper is to describe a survey conducted to ascertain different considerations for implementing an institutional repository and the creation of the pilot Institutional Repository at the ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad using the Open Source DSpace Institutional Repository Software.

Design/methodology/approach

The survey conducted at ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad to ascertain the need of an institutional repository and the different aspects associated with the setting up of institutional repository is described. The phases involved in the development of the pilot Institutional Repository at ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad using open source DSpace Institutional repository software to capture the intellectual capital and enable knowledge sharing are also described.

Findings

Installation of the Institutional Repository is complex, requiring technical know‐how of different software. Creation of communities and collections, archiving of documents into the Repository, enriching them with metadata are essential for efficient retrieval of information. Some knowledge of computers and DSpace software is essential.

Research limitations/implications

Once the Institutional Repository is created it needs to be maintained. Faculty and staff need to be trained for proper uploading of documents and submitting metadata into the repository.

Practical implications

Knowledge sharing of the conference papers presented, journal papers written, books edited, etc., among the faculty of the Institute is possible with the creation of the digital repository. The intellectual capital of the Institute is available at one centralized location facilitating easy information retrieval.

Originality/value

The Institutional repository provides ICFAI Business School, Ahmedabad with a central facility for systematic archiving of its “intellectual capital” – the scholarly material of its faculty and research staff. Awareness and availability of the scholarly material of peer faculty enables knowledge sharing. The Institutional Repository is useful to the faculties, research staff and the institution. Management Institutions, especially in India, should be encouraged to develop Institutional Repositories of their intellectual capital and share knowledge.

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VINE, vol. 38 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0305-5728

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Publication date: 26 October 2012

Sarika Sawant

The purpose of this paper is to examine institutional repositories developed in India and Canada containing documents on women's studies.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine institutional repositories developed in India and Canada containing documents on women's studies.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology consisted of identification of institutional repositories containing documents on women's studies, development of a tool for evaluation, followed by actual evaluation/content analysis of identified repositories.

Findings

It was found that there were 22 institutional repositories in Canada and three in India containing documents on women's studies. The highest number of documents on women's studies were available in the IR of University of British Columbia, i.e. 9,778. About 56 per cent (14) of the repositories contained community on the women's studies.

Research limitations/implications

Those institutional repositories containing documents on women's studies developed in India and Canada were considered for the study.

Originality/value

This is one of the first studies focused on issues on women's studies and repositories.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 29 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 9 March 2010

Mohammad Hanief Bhat

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the interoperability of ten open access repositories in the field of computer science and IT.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the interoperability of ten open access repositories in the field of computer science and IT.

Design/methodology/approach

The repositories are identified from the OpenDOAR directory of OA repositories. Five documents from each repository are searched in ten search engines/data discovery tools (OAIster, Scirus, Google, MSN, Yahoo, All the Web, Ask, Altavista, AOL and Gigablast) for determining the visibility of repositories. The documents from each repository are selected randomly using the function sample ( ) of R software.

Findings

None of the repositories in the study are fully interoperable (the visibility of repositories in search engines/data discovery tools range from 4 per cent to 92 per cent). OAI‐PMH compliance enhances the visibility of the repositories considerably. Google and MSN retrieved the highest number of documents from the repositories and Gigablast the least.

Originality/value

The paper will encourage the repository administrators to improve the visibility of their repositories keeping in view the indexing policies of various search engines to ensure maximum research impact.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 28 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 16 November 2010

Eun‐Ja Shin

Korea has been at the forefront of the open access movement since 2003, with four nation‐wide repositories built to date. This study seeks to review their current status…

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Purpose

Korea has been at the forefront of the open access movement since 2003, with four nation‐wide repositories built to date. This study seeks to review their current status and to make proposals for further progress.

Design/methodology/approach

The study reviews the current status of the four nation‐wide repositories in Korea and identifies their drawbacks and solutions.

Findings

Korea's repositories were all built and are operated by government agencies. Their software is superb in contrast with the small volume of contents accumulated. If those repositories are to be invigorated, coordinated efforts are required to publicise the objectives of the repositories, and to try to have all research outputs contributed to the repositories with the cooperation of the operating agencies and researchers.

Originality/value

The study suggests several strategies for invigorating Korea's nation‐wide repositories. If the strategies are implemented in a calm and orderly way, Korea's nation‐wide repositories are expected to be more successful.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 5 June 2007

Nigel Stanger and Graham McGregor

The purpose of the paper is to report on the impact and cost/benefit of implementing three EPrints digital repositories at the University of Otago, and to encourage others…

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to report on the impact and cost/benefit of implementing three EPrints digital repositories at the University of Otago, and to encourage others to follow suit.

Design/methodology/approach

Three repositories were successfully implemented at the University of Otago using existing commodity hardware and free open source software. The first pilot repository was implemented within ten days, and is now a fully functional system that is being championed for institutional‐wide use by the University Library. The other two repositories emerged from different community needs. One is academic, concerned with collecting and researching indigenous content; the other is designed to preserve and manage collective memory and heritage content for a small rural community.

Findings

The paper shows that digital repositories can be established quickly and effectively with surprisingly few resources; readily incorporate any kind of extant digital content, or non‐digital material that is converted to electronic form; meet multifarious needs, from academic institutions seeking to enhance research visibility and impact, to individuals and small communities collecting and preserving their unique memory and heritage records; and establish connectivity with the global community from the moment they go live.

Practical implications

The technology and global support community have matured to a state where a fully‐featured repository can be quickly and easily implemented.

Originality/value

This paper describes the short history, development and impact of the first live repositories of their kind in New Zealand. Their utility and implications for the unique communities that have given rise to them are also explored, by way of encouraging others to take up the digital challenge.

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OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, vol. 23 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1065-075X

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Publication date: 1 January 2005

Pentti Vattulainen

To highlight the role of print repositories in accessing print materials.

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Purpose

To highlight the role of print repositories in accessing print materials.

Design/methodology/approach

Highlights the repository library in the professional literature. Provides an overview of the National Repository Library (NRL) in Finland and the Kuopio conferences. Offers some calculations on the economics of access to print materials, with particular focus on Finland.

Findings

The role of the repository library creates savings in total storage costs on a national level. The NRL is a vital link in the Finland library network and acts as a bright signpost of cooperation on a national level. Libraries continue to function on local level in universities, polytechnics, research institutions and in communities while the NRL creates savings in space costs. By transferring material to the Repository Library libraries can free space for IT‐services, new acquisitions and active collections. As libraries get access to a growing number of de‐duplicated materials each library has a potential to become a zero growth library.

Originality/value

One of the important consequences of the success of the NRL is that the zero growth library has to rely more on resource sharing and must develop its ILL systems for better services for its patrons.

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Library Management, vol. 26 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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