ePrints and PURE : Discussion Paper

Macgregor, George (2013) ePrints and PURE : Discussion Paper. Discussion paper. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to re-examine the merits of the present repository configuration at the University of Strathclyde, specifically the parallel operation of both ePrints and PURE. The paper will also explore the implications of alternative repository scenarios. Several comparative analyses of ePrints and PURE have been undertaken by the IRSG over recent years. These analyses have tended to focus on the functionality of both systems with the aim of rationalising and determining which should become the University's principal research repository. It is not the intention of this paper to repeat these analyses because whilst they were deemed necessary at the time they were inadequate insofar as they focused on functionality at the expense of wider considerations. Previous analyses also failed to accept that Institutional Repositories (IRs) and Current Research Information Systems (CRISs), although demonstrating overlapping functionality and content, have evolved to fulfill different purposes. For these reasons this document can be considered a discussion paper to inform the decision making of the IRSG rather than a direct comparison of the technical features available in ePrints and PURE. This should enable informed decision making concerning the future of repositories at the institution. The paper is structured as follows: The first section explains the current institutional repository configuration and describes the issues surrounding any direct comparison of IR and CRIS implementations. Section 2 provides the majority of the discursive content, using an IR typology as the basis for discussion. Finally, section 3 sets out a series of feasible IR scenarios to be considered by the IRSG, with areas of risk, opportunity, etc. highlighted.