Capturing research outputs at the University of Cambridge : experiences with DSpace

Morgan, Peter Capturing research outputs at the University of Cambridge : experiences with DSpace., 2006 . In Institutional archives for research : experiences and projects in Open Access, Rome (Italy), 30 November–1 December 2006. (Unpublished) [Presentation]


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This paper will report on two research projects at Cambridge University Library, one completed and the other still in progress, investigating the role of an institutional repository - using the DSpace software platform - to capture, disseminate and preserve research outputs at the University of Cambridge. The first project, DSpace@Cambridge (, ran from January 2003 to August 2006, and was a collaboration with MIT Libraries. Its initial objective was to establish and populate a repository that would manage the preservation and dissemination of valued digital assets created or acquired by the University in the course of research, teaching, and administrative activities. The DSpace@Cambridge project team developed strategies to identify potential Early Adopters, and built a number of repository communities in different subject areas. During the course of the project a range of research materials, including texts, images, digital video, and scientific data, were deposited in a variety of file formats. In the process, a number of key policy decisions were made: (a) it was agreed that in principle the repository was willing to accept all kinds of material, from any subject area and in any file format; (b) researchers, and not the library, would have primary responsibility for selection of material to be deposited; and (c) dark archives of closed access material would be permitted. Among the most enthusiastic users of DSpace@Cambridge have been researchers in the Chemistry department. Their interest has led to a second project, SPECTRa (, starting in October 2005 and due to end in March 2007. SPECTRa is a collaboration between the chemistry departments and university libraries of Cambridge University and Imperial College London, and is also working in co-operation with the eBank UK project ( Its objective is to develop a set of customized software tools that will enable chemists routinely to deposit experimental data - much of which is currently lost - in Open Access repositories. This work is based on surveys of research chemists in Cambridge and London.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Digital libraries, open access, institutional repositories, scholarly communication, DSpace@Cambridge, University of Cambridge, open archives, open data, SPECTRa, Submission Preservation & Exposure of Chemistry Teaching and Research data
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
Depositing user: Users 181 not found.
Date deposited: 10 Dec 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:05


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