ScholarsArchive@OSU (SA@OSU) has stood as Oregon State University’s institutional repository for nearly a decade, and has seen a great deal of success, by many metrics, as such. Over that time period, the mission, content types, and stakeholders of the repository have changed, as has the ecosystem of available and emerging repository platforms. These changes have sparked interest in OSU Libraries & Press in assessing the technical infrastructures for SA@OSU to determine whether migration to a new system could benefit all of our stakeholders. Over the past six months, we have engaged stakeholders in discussions about their needs in an institutional repository and how our current repository does and does not meet those needs.
Reflecting on these discussions, OSU Libraries & Press have determined that the time is right to move to a new technical solution for SA@OSU. Over the next year we will be developing a new repository system built on the Hydra repository platform. We have already begun planning and setting timelines for software development, migration, and testing. We will initially create a repository space for research datasets, supporting our current research data management program needs. This will be followed by development of components that meet more complex needs for workflow management, access controls, and reporting. While our timeline is aggressive and the project is substantial, OSU Libraries & Press has a strong and experienced development team that is already fully engaged with the Hydra Community, having built the Oregon Digital digital collections platform.
OSU Libraries & Press is excited by the opportunities and challenges posed by this project, and we look forward to sharing our progress with the Hydra, Library and Information Science, and Academic communities over the next year.
About Hydra: Hydra is both a repository framework and a development community committed to openness in community, code, and communication. More than 50 institutions around the world are involved with development or implementation of Hydra with applications in academic libraries, museums, public broadcasting, and performing arts organizations, among others. For more information about Hydra, see:
. About ScholarsArchive@OSU: ScholarsArchive@OSU is Oregon State University's digital service for gathering, indexing, making available, and storing the scholarly work of the Oregon State University community. It also includes materials from outside the institution in support of the university's land, sun, sea, and space grant missions and other research interests. SA@OSU contains over 50,000 items including theses and dissertations, faculty publications, university extension publications, and research datasets. For more information about SA@OSU, see: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu or contact Steve Van Tuyl at Steve.VanTuyl@oregonstate.edu.