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Mitchell, IG and Harvest, TMA, An Integrated Research Output Repository, ARMS 2010 - Beyond Silos, 22-24 September, Fremantle, Australia (2010) [Conference Extract]


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Providing open access to research outputs is now an important part of research management at Australian universities. This relatively new focus arises from the Federal Government’s policy that the results of publicly funded research should be publicly available. There is also a quality imperative behind the development of open access to research outputs the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative will predominantly measure research performance based on citation analysis, and the results are likely to inform future Federal resource direction and distribution. The early access to full text made possible by digital repositories has the potential to increase citation rates on quality research outputs and therefore improve a university’s results in the ERA. One of the critical questions in the implementation of open access repositories is how to align them efficiently with existing systems recording similar or identical data, in particular the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) items, and metadata in relation to other items (creative works, for example). In 2009 Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) proposed four systems models to meet the dual requirements and interaction of HERDC reporting and repository metadata recording: 1. Institutional repository to research management system 2. Research management system to institutional repository 3. Shared input 4. Combined Whilst each model has its advantages and disadvantages, the University of Tasmania has implemented model 4 as the most efficient and integrated systems approach. The system has provided solutions to the issues of workflow and workload, author validation, HERDC data elements, ERA data elements, electronic document upload, Open Archives Initiative (OAI2) access, and public access. This poster demonstrates how the new system was implemented, emphasising the integration of research outputs and repository access with other research management information, such as grant applications, consultancies and contract research, sponsors, ethical clearance, HDR supervision, and IP and commercialisation management. The benefits of the new system are many and include: a single point of entry, workflow automation, automatic routing of email requests for restricted items, generation of research portfolios, pseudo dark server interface allowing access by System to Evaluate the Excellence of Research (SEER) to ERA items, indexing by search engines and access by harvesters via the OAI2 interface increasing research output exposure and maximising the potential for increasing citation rates.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Software engineering
Research Field:Software engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mitchell, IG (Mr Ian Mitchell)
UTAS Author:Harvest, TMA (Dr Tammy Harvest)
ID Code:65025
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2010-09-27
Last Modified:2016-02-12
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