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Tuesday, May 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 3: Poster Board Number 104

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Poster Board Number: 104
Title: Seeing the Future of Digital Archives: A Vision Science Research Repository Pilot Project
Objective: The project’s objective is to create an institutional repository using DSpace open source software to collect, share, and preserve the intellectual property of the university's school of optometry. The goal is to seamlessly connect the school’s data, knowledge, and scholarship to the greater global health and vision community by providing online access to images, data sets, streaming media, protocols, lab notes, article preprints, works in progress, and brain-mapping data. The initial start up of the repository focused on openly sharing digital assets created by the faculty and students of the university's school of optometry and its center for the development of functional imaging. While some ophthalmology departments have similar repositories for their in-house users, few schools of optometry have such repositories, and there is little involvement from the optometry and vision science community in university repositories.
Methods: A digital archive was created using DSpace open source software and a hosted Linux-based server. Six terabytes of network attached storage were provisioned for the repository via the network file system (NFS). Companion projects (a wiki and blog) were initiated to increase project visibility and to provide a collaborative workspace for the repository.
Results: The pilot research repository at the university provided a needed place to self-archive publicly funded research, both publications and datasets, as well as having two other benefits:
1. increased visibility and accessibility of research and publications
2. supported collaboration between labs.
The companion blog and wiki were crucial for increasing the visibility of the project and providing a forum for feedback and discussion.
Conclusions: The repository made primary and unique materials created at the university immediately accessible on the Internet to students, researchers, and others. An open institutional repository may provide potentially the widest possible sharing of professional works in the health information community for such a low investment of resources. Building a good relationship with the university’s research community is crucial for the success of a research repository.
Authors: Mark S. Bolding, Research Associate, Vision Science Research Center; Elizabeth R. Lorbeer, AHIP, Associate Director, Content Management; Lisa A. Ennis, Systems Librarian, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences; University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Tuesday May 17, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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