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|Title:||Outsourcing open access: Digital Commons at the University of Wollongong, Australia|
|Author(s):||Michael Organ, (University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia), Helen Mandl, (University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia)|
|Citation:||Michael Organ, Helen Mandl, (2007) "Outsourcing open access: Digital Commons at the University of Wollongong, Australia", OCLC Systems & Services, Vol. 23 Iss: 4, pp.353 - 362|
|Keywords:||Digital storage, Outsourcing|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/10650750710831493 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to outline the experiences of an Australian university in selecting a proprietary solution for its open access digital repository requirements.
Design/methodology/approach – An overview is presented of the environment leading up to the decision to select Digital Commons over an open source software solution. The paper also outlines subsequent experiences during a one-year period in operating the outsourced solution.
Findings – Outsourcing is an appropriate digital repository option for higher education institutions when costs are considered and compared with open source solutions, and especially when on-site IT support is limited. Outsourcing allows local staff to concentrate on liaison with faculty in promoting and populating the repository.
Practical implications – A useful resource for those considering the use of proprietary or open source software for their institutional repository.
Originality/value – This papers deals with a little discussed area of the relatively new subject of open access institutional repositories.
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