From “Digital Repositories Foment a Quiet Revolution in Scholarship” (The Chronicle):
This article also points out the local value of institutional repositories:At the age of 92, Robert Katz is enjoying an unexpected scholarly renaissance. The emeritus professor of physics retired from the
Universityof Nebraskaat 22 years ago. Lately, thanks to the university's institutional repository, called the UNL Digital Commons after the software that runs it, people all over the world have been finding and downloading papers Mr. Katz wrote years or decades ago. Lincoln
Expect to see more IR's that serve multiple campuses or institutions and that focus on long-term preservation and the management of big data sets even as they play up local and regional holdings.