[Irtalk] Impact of Social Sciences – How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 17:20:58 SAST 2014

IRs are working. They do the jobs they set out to do: *enabling a
cost-effective long term transition from Green to Gold OA, enhanced search
engine visibility for research, and providing consistent metadata* – all
evidence points to mature systems with an important role to play. IRs also
provide additional services such as collecting, sharing and preserving
collections such as theses, grey literature and research data. *They also
contextualise research outputs in unique ways: for example, acting as a
record of an institution’s research output alongside quantitative data such
as download statistics*. IRs are much more than “just” databases for Green
OA journal articles.

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