Achieving the Full Potential
of Repository Deposit
Policies
Karla Hahn, Assistant Executive Director, Transforming Research
Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning, ARL
Background
Ddeveloping
igital repository services are a key component of research-focused
cyberinfrastructure. Institutions are individually and collaboratively
the capability to house, manage, and preserve a wide
range of products of the research process. While institutions are acting to
develop repository services for their scholars and research, other digital
repositories are evolving to serve as national and international resources for
particular research fields. ArXiv and PubMed Central are prominent examples,
each providing services based on different types of content that are highly
valued by their research communities (physics and biomedicine, respectively).
The number of independent repositories will continue to grow, elevating the
need for greater sharing and harvesting of materials among repositories as well
as broader coordination and searching across them.
Congress recently strengthened PubMed Central’s ability to aggregate peer-
reviewed, published, medical literature by requiring that authors of articles
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APRIL 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Editor’s note: A small group of individuals with expertise on author-rights policies, the campus policy environment,
National Institutes of Health (NIH) deposit processes, and digital repository services met in Washington DC on
January 9, 2009, under the auspices of ARL’s Public Policy and Scholarly Communication programs. The group
explored opportunities, desired outcomes, and policy issues involved in developing capabilities for institutionally
mediated deposit processes and content transfer between institution-based and funder-based repositories,
particularly PubMed Central. Based on that discussion, the group also identified potential strategies that would lead
toward creating the needed rights-management environment and repository services. This essay reflects the January
9 discussions.
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