Seeking UX Consultant – Scaling Up a Collaborative Consortial Institutional Repository

“Hyku for Consortia seeks a UX Consultant to work with project staff to develop and implement a series of user research activities determining the most useful updates for the Samvera-based Hyku digital repository software. 

The UX Consultant will determine the best activities for the project goals, develop resources and plans for activities, carry them out with selected candidates, and assist in the analysis of results. Research activities may include surveys, interviews, focus groups, usability tests or other related feedback mechanisms. The Consultant will work closely with and have the support of the project team to accomplish their goals. Prior experience with user research, excellent communication skills, and attention to detail will be essential in this role….”

4Science Webinar: ORCID Integration with DSpace 7 and DSpace-CRIS 7 – 4Science

“Why: The ORCID permanent identifier is a powerful, widely adopted means of linking people unambiguously to their publications, projects, institutions and more, and distinguishing each researcher across the globe.

However, the full power of ORCID within the research infrastructure is only unleashed through ORCID-enabled systems. Different levels of integration are evident across different systems, and therefore there are different degrees of automation, intervention and verification to be aware of….”

Multilevel analysis of factors affecting open-access institutional repository implementation in Nigerian universities | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

The study aims to identify novel open-access institutional repository (OAIR) implementation barriers and explain how they evolve. It also aims to extend theoretical insights into the information technology (IT) implementation literature.


The study adopted the interpretive philosophy, the inductive research approach and qualitative case study research method. Three Nigerian universities served as the case research contexts. The unstructured in-depth interview and the participatory observation were adopted as the data collection instruments. The qualitative data collected were analysed using thematic data analysis technique.


Findings show that IR implementation barriers evolved from global, organisational and individual implementation levels in the research contexts. Results specifically reveal how easy access to ideas and information and easy movement of people across international boundaries constituted globalisation trend-driven OAIR implementation barriers given their influence on OAIR implementation activities at the organisational and individual implementation levels. The two factors led to overambitious craving for information technology (IT) implementation and inadequate OAIR implementation success factors at the organisational level in the research contexts. They also led to conflicting IR implementation ideas and information at the individual level in the research contexts.

Research limitations/implications

The primary limitation of the research is the adoption of qualitative case study research method which makes its findings not generalisable. The study comprised only three Nigerian universities. However, the study provides plausible insights that explain how OAIR implementation barriers emanate at the organisational and individual levels due to two globalisation trends: easy access to ideas and information and easy movement of people across international boundaries.

Practical implications

The study points out the need for OAIR implementers to assess how easy access to information and ideas and easy movement of people across international boundaries influence the evolution of conflicting OAIR implementation ideas and information at the individual level, and overambitious craving for IT implementation and setting inadequate OAIR implementation success factors at the organisational level. The study extends views in past studies that propose that OAIR implementation barriers only emanate at organisational and individual levels, that is, only within universities involved in OAIR implementation and among individuals working in the universities.

Social implications

The study argues that OAIR implementation consists of three implementation levels: individual, organisational and global. It provides stakeholders with the information that there is a third OAIR implementation level.


Data validity, sample validity and novel findings are the hallmarks of the study’s originality. Study data consist of first-hand experiences and information derived during participatory observation and in-depth interviews with research participants. The participants were purposively selected, given their participation in OAIR implementation in the research contexts. Study findings on the connections among global, organisational and individual OAIR implementation levels and how their relationships lead to OAIR implementation barriers are novel.

Proposal Submission Form – Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion

“Proposal Submission Form – Rethinking Institutional Repositories: Innovations in Management, Collections, and Inclusion

Please complete the form below to submit a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Cromwell (….”

Metrics for Data Repositories and Knowledgebases: Working Group Report | Data Science at NIH

“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Resources Lifecycle and Metrics Working Group and Metrics for Repositories (MetRe) subgroup have released “Metrics for Data Repositories and Knowledgebases: A Working Group Report”. This report presents the findings of an exploration of the current landscape of biomedical data repository metrics. The work was carried out in two phases consisting of a small pilot (phase 1) and a public survey (phase 2).

Below is an excerpt from the report:

“This report includes input from representatives of 13 NIH repositories from Phase 1 and 92 repository managers in Phase 2. The metrics these respondents reported using are divided into several broad categories, including (from most to least commonly collected) User Behavior Characteristics, Scientific Contribution/Impact, and Repository Operations, and the respondents from the two groups reported similar patterns in the metrics they collect. The majority of respondents (77%) also indicated a willingness to share their metrics data – an encouraging finding given that such metrics can be helpful to NIH in better understanding how datasets and repositories are used.” …”

Assistant Repository Services Specialist

“Applications are invited for an exciting and interesting role working with the British Library’s Shared Research Repository, to support UK heritage organisations in sharing their research. The Shared Research Repository allows galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the UK to make their publications and data openly available. Currently five partners use the repository, and over the next 12 months the Assistant Repository Services Specialist will support more partners to join the platform. 

 This role forms part of the Repository Services team, which sits within our Research Infrastructure Services department. You will work alongside team colleagues to help new partner organisations joining the service to identify their research content, and use appropriate routes to create the metadata and load the content to their new repository. You will also support training and professional development of our colleagues at partner organisations, allowing transfer of ongoing responsibility for their repository administration after the on-boarding period. This is an exciting opportunity to help set up new repositories for a range of partners and support heritage organisations in making their research more discoverable….”

What a difference a data repository makes: Six ways depositing data maximizes the impact of your science – The Official PLOS Blog

“1. You can’t lose data that’s in a public data repository…

2. Public data repositories support understanding, reanalysis and reuse…

3. Public data repositories facilitate discovery…

4. Public data repositories reflect the true value of data…

5. Public data demonstrates rigor…

6. Research with data in public data repositories attracts more citations…”


GitHub repositories with links to academic papers: Public access, traceability, and evolution – ScienceDirect

Abstract:  Traceability between published scientific breakthroughs and their implementation is essential, especially in the case of open-source scientific software which implements bleeding-edge science in its code. However, aligning the link between GitHub repositories and academic papers can prove difficult, and the current practice of establishing and maintaining such links remains unknown. This paper investigates the role of academic paper references contained in these repositories. We conduct a large-scale study of 20 thousand GitHub repositories that make references to academic papers. We use a mixed-methods approach to identify public access, traceability and evolutionary aspects of the links. Although referencing a paper is not typical, we find that a vast majority of referenced academic papers are public access. These repositories tend to be affiliated with academic communities. More than half of the papers do not link back to any repository. We find that academic papers from top-tier SE venues are not likely to reference a repository, but when they do, they usually link to a GitHub software repository. In a network of arXiv papers and referenced repositories, we find that the most referenced papers are (i) highly-cited in academia and (ii) are referenced by repositories written in different programming languages.


Enhancing transparency through open government data: the case of data portals and their features and capabilities | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to draw on evidence from computer-mediated transparency and examine the argument that open government data and national data infrastructures represented by open data portals can help in enhancing transparency by providing various relevant features and capabilities for stakeholders’ interactions.


The developed methodology consisted of a two-step strategy to investigate research questions. First, a web content analysis was conducted to identify the most common features and capabilities provided by existing national open data portals. The second step involved performing the Delphi process by surveying domain experts to measure the diversity of their opinions on this topic.


Identified features and capabilities were classified into categories and ranked according to their importance. By formalizing these feature-related transparency mechanisms through which stakeholders work with data sets we provided recommendations on how to incorporate them into designing and developing open data portals.

Social implications

The creation of appropriate open data portals aims to fulfil the principles of open government and enables stakeholders to effectively engage in the policy and decision-making processes.


By analyzing existing national open data portals and validating the feature-related transparency mechanisms, this paper fills this gap in existing literature on designing and developing open data portals for transparency efforts.

Mitarbeiter*in im BUA-Projekt “Green Open Access” (full-time, fixed term) | Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin



Die Medizinische Bibliothek sichert die Literatur- und Informationsversorgung der Charité. Sie unterstützt Forschende, Studierende und Lehrende, Krankenversorgung und Verwaltung bei der effizienten und unabhängigen Nutzung und Verbreitung von Informationen und engagiert sich im Bereich Open Access. Die Charité strebt größtmögliche Offenheit für Publikationen sowie für zugrundeliegende Forschungsdaten an. Für die Charité mit rund 4.000 Veröffentlichungen jährlich stellt dies erhebliche kommunikative, organisatorische und finanzielle Herausforderungen dar. Im Rahmen des Berliner Exzellenzverbundes Berlin University Alliance (BUA) führt die Charité ein Projekt durch, um den grünen Weg des Open Access zu stärken.


Open-Access-Publikationen werden stärker rezipiert und häufiger zitiert als herkömmliche “Closed Access“-Publikationen und sind wichtig für die nationale und internationale Sichtbarkeit der Forschung aller Wissenschaftler*innen an der Charité wie an allen Einrichtungen der Berlin
University Alliance. “Green Open Access” , auch “Self-Archiving” genannt, ermöglicht es Autor*innen, wissenschaftliche Publikationen über eine Zweitveröffentlichung auf einem Publikationsserver frei zuänglich zu machen, ohne dass für Autor*innen Kosten entstehen. Green Open Access ist von besonderer Bedeutung auch vor dem Hintergrund zunehmender Mandate von Forschungsförderern, Open Access zu publizieren bei zugleich steigenden Open-Access-Artikelgebühren. Ziel des Projekts ist, die Möglichkeiten des Self-Archiving bekannt zu machen und als selbstverständliche Praxis im wissenschaftlichen Alltag zu etablieren. Hierzu sollen Hindernisse für eine solche Praxis identifiziert und Wege zu deren Überwindung ermittelt und beworben werden. Das Projekt soll Möglichkeiten der Incentivierung von Green Open Access entwickeln und evaluieren und durch regelmäßige Workshops in digitalem und face-to-face Format eine Grundlage für die Verbreitung der nötigen Kenntnisse und Praktiken bilden. Ausgehend vom transdisziplinären Feld Diversity & Gender Equality soll eine Ausweitung und Vervielfältigung durch Mutiplikatorenschulung (teach-the-teacher) erreicht werden.


erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium im Bereich Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft (mind. Master); alternativ abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium in einem anderen Studiengang, bevorzugt Gender Studies oder Lebenswissenschaften (mind. Master) mit Praxiserfahrung (mind. 2 Jahre) in für die Aufgabe relevantem Gebiet oder nachgewiesener Zusatzqualifikation in einschlägigen Bereichen. Eine Promotion wird nicht vorausgesetzt, ist jedoch von Vorteil.
gru?ndliche Kenntnisse der wissenschaftlichen Publikations- und Veröffentlichungspraxis einschl. des Publikationsmarktes,
vertiefte Kenntnisse im Bereich Open Access inkl. wissenschaftspolitischer Zielsetzungen und rechtlicher Rahmenbedingungen des grünen Weg des Open Access (darunter Publisher und Funder Policies, Creative-Commons-Lizenzen, Preprints, institutionelle und fachspezifische Repositorien, Metadaten für die Veröffentlichung, Predatory Publishing).
sehr gute Vortrags- und Präsentationsfähigkeiten sowie ausgeprägte Kommunikationskompetenz und Serviceorientierung,
ausgeprägte Fähigkeit zu konzeptioneller und selbstständiger Arbeit sowie eine kooperative, motivierende und ergebnisorientierte Arbeitsweise
wünschenswert sind zudem Kenntnisse der Automatisierung von Workflows, insbesondere Kenntnisse über Schnittstellen und Werkzeuge wie SWORD, OAI-PMH, Deep Green, CrossCite, SHERPA/RoMEO, Unpaywall und OpenRefine

UABC offers an online portal for open science

“In order to make public access to the scientific information, data, and products created at UABC [Autonomous University of Baja California] for the university community and society at large, the Open Science Project was initiated, a virtual space in which Maroon’s work and knowledge focus on scholars.

In this sense, Dr. Juan Guillermo Vaca Rodríguez, Head of the General Coordination of Research and Graduate Studies at UABC, explained that Open Science is a global movement that aims to open research (its methodologies, data, partial and final results and laboratory notes, among other products), from any discipline or field of knowledge.

In this way, the research created in this house of studies can be reused, redistributed, and reproduced by researchers, scientists, students, and anyone who wants to know how the world works and what happens outside of it.

To contribute to this movement, UABC has created the Open Science online portal which contains a search engine where required information can be found by author, title, subject, classification number, ISBN/ISSN, or nomenclature….

One relevant aspect of the portal is the Quality Seal, which will be awarded to internal bodies at UABC that comply with international best practices and standards for open science….”

The OAPEN Library and the origin of downloads – libraries & academic institutions

On a regular basis, we look at the download data of the OAPEN Library and where it comes from. While examining the data from January to August 2021, we focused on the usage originating from libraries and academic institutions. Happily, we found that more than 1,100 academic institutions and libraries have used the OAPEN Library.

Of course, we do not actively track individual users. Instead we use a more general approach: we look at the website from which the download from the OAPEN Library originated. How does that work? For instance, when someone in the library of the University of Leipzig clicks on the download link of a book in the OAPEN library, two things happen: first, the book is directly available on the computer that person is working on, and second, the OAPEN server notes the ‘return address’: We have no way of knowing who the person is that started the download, we just know the request originated from the Leipzig University Library. Furthermore, some organisations choose to suppress sending their ‘return address’, making them anonymous.