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|Title: ||Delivery, management and access model for e-prints and open access journals within Further and Higher Education|
|Authors: ||Swan, Alma|
|Issue Date: ||2005|
|Publisher: ||© The Electronic Publishing Innovation Centre (EPIC) and Key Perspectives Limited.|
|Citation: ||SWAN, A. ... et al, 2005. Delivery, management and access model for e-prints and open access journals within Further and Higher Education. Loughborough; Cranfield: EPIC & Key Perspectives Limited.|
|Abstract: ||The brief for this study was to forecast a delivery, access and management model for
e-prints and open access journal content within Higher Education (HE) and Further
Education (FE). This report presents the results of our work. In the first part we
provide some background information on the current situation with respect to e-print
archives and open access journals. This section provides the context within which
any new initiatives by JISC will begin to operate.
The report then moves on to lay out the issues that have a bearing upon the
forecasting work. These issues, in our view, centred around three main themes –
technical matters, the preservation of digital research information, and the political
and cultural influences that will affect the manner and success of implementation of
an e-prints service in the UK. Under technical matters we discuss the main models
that could be considered for the delivery, management and access of a UK e-prints
service, and we argue for the type of model that we term the ‘harvesting’ model.
Arguments for and against each of the three main types of model are presented.
Also in this section, technical issues to do with delivery of e-prints are examined in
Preservation of digital information is a complex area with many implications for an
e-prints service. It is discussed in section 5, and is followed by a section that covers
the cultural and political issues involved in creating and running an e-prints service.
Our detailed recommendations for the ‘harvesting’ delivery, management and access
model follow in Section 7, and this is accompanied by a brief look into the future – at
what direction the technology might take and what the outcome would be for the
proposed service. Having decided upon the best model to recommend, we present in
Section 8 a series of further recommendations for action by JISC and other
stakeholders. We argue that if all these can be agreed and implemented, a viable and
sustainable service can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. The last
sections of the report comprise a cost-benefit analysis for the proposed service and a
|Description: ||This is a joint report by The Electronic Publishing Innovation Centre (EPIC) and Key Perspectives Limited|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Reports (Information Science)|
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