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“RIAN began as an investigation into institutional repositories by the Irish Universities Association Librarians’ Group in 2005. It tasked a sub-group to look at the options and make recommendations. The sub-group advised that a national network of local repositories, with a national harvester to aggregate their content, would comprise the most efficient infrastructure. In 2006, the IUA Librarians successfully applied for support from the Department of Education and Science’s Strategic Innovation Fund which is administered by the Higher Education Authority. The group was awarded €1.6 million, half of it to be found in matching funding. The project began in April 2007 and was completed, within its three year schedule, by March 2010.

The project aim was to harvest to one portal the contents of the Institutional Repositories of the seven university libraries, in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible, and to increase the research profiles of individual researchers and their institutions. As RIAN developed further, other Irish research repositories were added, and more continue to be added, so that RIAN will truly be the portal to Irish research.

The aggregation of this content will have significant benefits. It will be the primary source for Irish Open Access research publications. Jointly agreed metadata standards will facilitate more accurate searching and retrieval. The aggregated content will make further value-added features, such as statistical analysis, possible. RIAN will allow other agencies to harvest normalised metadata for better search results. As RIAN expanded to include repositories other than those of the seven universities, the need for a revised governance model became apparent. In 2014 RIAN was restructured under a new Business Model more representative of all the RIAN membership, as illustrated below. Work is still ongoing to finalise the Terms of Reference and Procedures….”


“CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC have built the next-generation High Energy Physics (HEP) information system, INSPIRE. It combines the successful SPIRES database content, curated at DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN. INSPIRE is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, and SLAC, and interacts closely with HEP publishers, arXiv.org, NASA-ADS, PDG, HEPDATA and other information resources.

INSPIRE represents a natural evolution of scholarly communication, built on successful community-based information systems, and provides a vision for information management in other fields of science….”

Shared Repositories, Shared Benefits: Regional and Consortial Repositories in Japan | Ariadne: Web Magazine for Information Professionals

“The ShaRe Project (Shared Repository Project 2008-2009), which aimed to promote the concept of consortial repositories and facilitate their implementation, has made a significant contribution to the rapid growth of institutional repositories (IRs) in Japan. Following precedents including White Rose Research Online (UK) and SHERPA-LEAP (UK), 14 regional consortial repositories have been set up on a prefectoral basis across Japan*. Their success is demonstrated by the fact that as many as 92 bodies have set up IRs despite having no institutional hardware of their own.

In this article we discuss the role and effectiveness of consortial repositories in Japan. Consortial repositories make it possible for each institution to reduce its economic and system management overheads, especially in the case of small and medium-sized universities. Consequently, repository managers can focus their efforts on other important activities, such as content recruitment. Furthermore, consortial repositories have played a significant role in the development of community co-operation among participating organisations, which has contributed greatly to the expansion of the Open Access movement in Japan….”