Can you have a successful institutional repository without a mandate?

Some say no — that to have a robust repository program, an institutional mandate requiring faculty deposit must be in place.

But this poster from the UK’s  Open University, presented at Open Repositories 2010, tells a different story. According to its creators, a successful institutional repository can indeed be built through advocacy and active management. The Open University repository regularly gets around 60% of the peer-reviewed research output of the university through a combination of departmental and individual outreach and some technical know-how.

Read the poster and abstract here. And for more, see this post on the Open Access Archivangelism blog.

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