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Institutional Repositories


Report from the Institutional Repositories Workgroup


Published by Mason Publishing, online at Open Scholarship Initiative Proceedings, Volume 2, 2017. doi: ©2017 OSI2017 Institutional Repositories Workgroup. This open access article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Abstract / OSI2017 Workgroup Question

Our task in the second OSI convening of the institutional repository workgroup was to propose a way forward for repository and infrastructure solutions: detailing what’s needed before action can be taken, what this action should look like, and what actors should be involved.

Our main recommendation is directional: repositories must evolve and move toward interoperability and sustainability.

  • Repositories should be diverse, decentralized, interoperable networks across the world.
  • It is time for repository staff to shift focus more towards interoperability (policy-driven, research-relevant, and standards-based) and less on supporting content.
  • The scholarly communication community should be incentivized to make choices related to repositories that are more sustainable.

The scope and power of OSI lies in clarifying what this means and coordinating (or suggesting coordination) among existing stakeholders. OSI is not currently able to sustain, support, or itself build the solutions.



Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Najko Jahn, Catherine Mitchell, Jake Orlowitz, Dave Ross, William Simpson, Andrew Tein. This document reflects the combined input of these authors (listed here in alphabetical order by last name) as well as contributions from other OSI2017 delegates. The findings and recommendations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of individual authors, nor of their agencies, trustees, officers, or staff