PKP International Scholarly Publishing Conferences, PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2007

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Open access publishing and the repository - a strategy for sustainability
Sten Christensen, *Ross Coleman

Last modified: 2007-07-14


[This paper addresses the conference theme on "the role of libraries in supporting and developing emerging or alternate forms of scholarly communication"]

The paper will argue that the long term success, sustainability and utility of institutional repository services will depend as much on strategic and business drivers to growth as technical and organisational factors. One of the key business drivers is the integration of open publishing systems such as OJS (Open Journal System) and OCS (Open Conference System) into the development of repository services.

This argument will be articulated through a description and assessment of two projects focusing on OJS and OCS and their integration into standard open repository services. These projects - sponsored by APSR, the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories [] - are recognition of the importance of these PKP initiatives and systems. This collaboration with PKP will develop workflows and procedures that will demonstrate integration of these systems with DSpace and Fedora, two systems adopted by APSR partners.

The objective of these projects is to develop and demonstrate scholarly communication workflows integrating the OJS and OCS2 publication systems with open repository platforms to provide archiving, OAIS compliant access, and online journal/proceeding (or print hybrid) outputs. As part of the business requirement these outputs need to be able to comply with recognized research publication criteria specified by DEST, the Australian Department of Science, Training and Education (through proper editorial and peer review processes). These projects will also implement a METS profile developed by the National Library of Australia (an APSR partner) including preservation metadata described in PREMIS. Both projects are guided by a collaborative reference group including practitioners currently using these systems and a representative of PKP.

These workflow projects - part of the APSR Repository Interoperability Framework strategy - are mapped in terms of the general OAIS reference model. In this model the content of OJS and OCS titles are treated as Submission Information Package (SIP) ingest into the respective repository systems and managed as part of their Archival Information Package (AIP). The content is disseminated (the Dissemination Information Package, DIP) through a common software application pipeline (Manakin) and rendered into digital formats according to appropriate structure and designs.

The paper will discuss these projects and processes in general terms of integration to DSpace and Fedora, and in specific terms in actual journals and conference proceedings, including those published and managed through the Sydney eScholarship service of the University of Sydney Library.

Sydney eScholarship [] is a library service explicitly "supporting and developing emerging or alternate forms of scholarly communication".
The mission of Sydney eScholarship is the integration and management of digital content with new forms of access and scholarly publication for the University of Sydney. The service includes the institutional eScholarship repository (DSpace), digital library collections, publishing services including Sydney University Press, and a range of associated advisory, business, ecommerce and production services. Sydney University Press is a recognized research publisher by DEST and publishes in both digital and print formats integrating archiving and open access through the Sydney eScholarship repository with production and business processes as a publisher.

This APSR/PKP collaboration will contribute toward the realization of the goals of the PKP, and the projects a demonstration of the leadership role of the library in fostering new forms of scholarly communication.

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