RePEc, an Open Library for Economics

Krichel, Thomas RePEc, an Open Library for Economics., 2000 . In The Economics and Usage of Digital Library Collections, Ann Arbor, Michigan (US), 2000-03-23 to 2000-03-24. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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After, the RePEc economics library offers the second-largest source of freely downloadable scientific preprints in the world. RePEc has a different business model and a different content coverage than This paper addresses both differences. As far as the business model is concerned, RePEc is an instance of a concept that I call the "Open Library". An Open Library is open in two ways. It is open for contribution (third parties can add to it), and it is open for implementation (many user services may be created). Conventional libraries--including most digital libraries--are closed in both directions. As far as the content coverage is concerned, RePEc seeks to build a relational dataset about scholarly resources and other content relating of to these resources. This basically means the identification of all authors, all papers and all institutions that work in economics. Such an ambitious project can only be achieved if the cost to collect data is decentralized and low, and if the benefits to supply data are large. The Open Library provides a framework where these conditions are fulfilled.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: open library; econonomics
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
Depositing user: Thomas Krichel
Date deposited: 16 Sep 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12


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