VALA2008 Session 3 Kingsley

VALA2008Repositories, research and reporting: the conflict between institutional and disciplinary needs

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Repositories
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:55 – 12:30
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperDanny Kingsley

PhD Scholar, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University

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In Australia, research reporting is considered a way to increase awareness of and support for opening up accessibility to research outputs. This paper explores the fundamental differences between disciplines, which extend beyond publishing outputs. Most crucially, the information-seeking behaviour of a disciplinary cohort will determine the likelihood of individuals voluntarily embracing repositories. The RQF is likely to fail to open access to Australian research. There is an inherent conflict between the needs of the institution and those of academics’ ‘invisible colleges’, as institutional repositories exist to serve the institution and funding bodies, rather than the individual.