Proposal for the Creation of an Institutional Repository at WCSU

Overview

IRs are an emerging trend in higher education. As a concept IRs exist to connect author to reader, resource to teacher, and learner to activity in a networked, distributed, and interoperable manner. Because it is institutionally based and connected to the world through the web the IR has the potential to serve as a tangible indicator of the University's quality and to demonstrate the scientific, societal, and economic relevance of its research, and its teaching and learning activities increasing the university's visibility, status, and public value.

This repository would be developed and hosted by the library. The library currently maintains a server and software capable of supporting the Open Access Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) which is a core standard for repository interoperability. It is expected that a IR would be operational no later than 6/1/2006. The functions and capabilites of this repository will be futher explained in the stake holder section of this application.

[1]? Lynch, Clifford "Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digial Age". Available at http:/www.arl.org/newsltr/226/ir.html