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Thursday, June 16, 2005

JISC Digital Repositories Programme

JISC Digital Repositories Programme

A major boost to the use of digital repositories was announced today, by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on behalf of UK Higher and Further Education.

A £4 million investment was announced to enahnce the use of repositories. A repository is a digital store of principally research outputs and journal articles, but also potentially a wealth of other information, created by teachers, academics and researchers and made openly available to all who wish to access them. Their great advantage is that they enable the free sharing of information, encouraging collaboration and the widespread communication of UK education and research activity.

Although the development of repositories has up to now focussed largely on making accessible the outputs of the research community, this new programme will develop the concept still further by encouraging the growth of repositories for learning materials, data and much else. Repositories have the potential to help institutions to manage their assets more effectively and to encourage the development of collaborative communities across UK education and research. The UK leads the world in recognising the potential of repositories and this JISC programme will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of international developments in this area.

I think this development definately shows the direction we are travelling and it will be important for everyone to consider the implications of this work.


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