Monday, June 21, 2010

Repositories, Renaissance, and Regionalism

At the age of 92, Robert Katz is enjoying an unexpected scholarly renaissance. The emeritus professor of physics retired from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln 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.
This article also points out the local value of institutional repositories:
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.