Monday, July 9, 2007

"Open access publishing and the repository – a strategy for sustainability"

PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2007 1:45-2:45 July 12, 2007

Blogs will be done live and initially posted errors and all. Please return after the conference dates to view edited discussions of the presentation.

Sten Christensen, University of Sydney
Ross Coleman, University of Sydney Not able to attend.
Ross Coleman and Sten Christensen


The purpose of the project presented is to enable libraries to support alternate forms of scholarly publications. The presentors are trying to integrate Open Access publishing and Open Access archiving. The goal is to create sustainable repositories and be involved in a partnership with OA publishing by integrating with open publishing systems such as Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Conference Systems (OCS). The integration of OJS and OCS2 publication systems with the open repository platforms will provide archiving OAI compliant access, online journals, proceedings or print hybrid output creating the Repository Interoperability Framework (RIFF).

The University of Sidney is enhancing the integration of the management of digital content. The Sydney Digital Library has the eScholarship repository, SETIS digital collections, Sydney digital thesis, research support, hosting services as well as is involved with consultation and advisory services.

The projects are sponsored by APSR, the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories []. The goals is to create workflows the will allow them to work with DSpace and Fedora, the systems used by the Repository partners. The drivers involved in propelling the project can be external groups that are global, government requirements, and research. They can be internal practices that involve asset management and curation of content, support and leveraging of the research expectations. Drivers can be strategic as in the alignment and engagement of the research practice. Also included, is the business drivers, which add value, impact and exposure to academic research and result in a return of income.

The development of this series of projects has lead to a strategic partnership between the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, Library of Australia and The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing.

One of the visions of the integrated programs is the retention of metadata and its storage rather than its creation, loss, and regeneration. The workflow to successfully accomplish this is that the content in OJS is transported to the suppository and then archived. The information is then disseminated through a specialized program.

An example would be the managing of conferences, for example for PKP conference. The abstracts, metadata etc would be call for and then collected by the PKP board. Then editorial selection and peer review would happen and the conference board would be able to print a book of the articles for the conference. The articles could then be archived. The University of Sydney archives are housed by Google scholar which gives incredible access to the readers. Further, they are able to do a print on demand of digital sources

The Dspace OJS Packager plugin, processes native OJS and creates DSpace object Packager and also creates a simple RDF journal manifest to maintain the article order. Finally, Manakin is used to generate a published version of journal.

This system is open source but is not released yet. They plan to have it out in October. For more technical details please see the abstract

Australian e-Humanities Gateway
Sydney eScholarship

Sydney e-Scholarship Repository
A maturing partnership: eHumanities and the digital library


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