Reframing research access

Mamtora, Jayshree, and Pandey, Prashant (2020) Reframing research access. Library Management, 42 (1/2). pp. 70-79.

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Purpose: The paper describes how Charles Darwin University (CDU) used a three-pronged approach to better serve its researchers: it developed a single interface for improved accessibility and discoverability of its research outputs, consolidated its corresponding policies and procedures and implemented training programs to support the new portal. This in turn made its suite of research outputs more openly accessible and better discoverable. The intention was to make CDU research compliant with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) policy statement, affirming the need to make Australia's research more visible, thereby enabling better access, better collaboration locally and internationally and researchers more accountable to their community.

Design/methodology/approach: This paper uses case study methodology and a qualitative approach.

Findings: CDU Library collaborated with the University's Research Office in undertaking a series of strategies towards reframing access to its research. The partners migrated their research collections into a single, new, integrated interface; developed new policies and consolidated existing ones; and to this end, rolled out a training and educational program for the research community. The intention of the program was to introduce the Pure repository to new researchers and to train all staff to self archive and curate their own research outputs. This new streamlined approach ensured a more comprehensive and timely availability and accessibility of the University's research outputs.

Originality/value: A single source of truth was established through the migration of iCDU's research collections, ensuring data quality was maintained. At the start of this project, there were few institutions in Australia using the Pure system, and even fewer using it as their sole repository for displaying research outputs.

Item ID: 66197
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-7921
Keywords: Repository, Training programs, Research outputs, Charles Darwin university, Pure system, Research policies
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. Author accepted manuscript version available from ResearchOnline@JCU with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial International Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0). This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact
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This article is a revision of a paper presented at the VALA2020 Conference.

Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 07:39
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461001 Digital curation and preservation @ 50%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461008 Organisation of information and knowledge resources @ 50%
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