Overcoming marginalisation? Open Access research repositories at a South African and a Swedish University

Fox, R.C. and Wihlborg, E. and Lawrence, D. (2009) Overcoming marginalisation? Open Access research repositories at a South African and a Swedish University. In: IGU Commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Regional and Local Responses International Conference, 6-8 July 2009, Shah Alam, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Open Access Research Repositories have developed very rapidly since c2000 as a global phenomenon in their number, their location, the number and type of resources available in them. The creation of institutional repositories has been affected by different motives. They can serve as collections of a University's research output with the intention of making it 'freely' available. We ask here, just what patterns of access can be analysed, what trends do we see when examining our two institutions? Alternatively they can be seen as ways to raise the research profile of individuals and institutions and citation records. We do not see Open Access Research as being a neutral, value free technological innovation with clear outcomes. Our perspective draws from the fields of socio-technical and complex adaptive systems and so we anticipate that although the future impacts of Open Access research can be discerned they cannot be mechanistically predicted.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:eResearch; Open Access; OA; Marginalization; Rhodes University; ReRR; Rhodes eResearch Repository; South Africa
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geography
ID Code:1420
Deposited By: Professor R.C. Fox
Deposited On:17 Jul 2009
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:20
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