Founded in 2006, the University of Florida's institutional repository (IR@UF) got a new Manager in 2013. The manager's first big project was a review of existing policies of the IR@UF and an environmental scan of peer institutions to determine best practices in terms of IR policies. This presentation reviews the preliminary results of this informal survey, including the identified core policy areas to be considered when building or expanding an IR, how 25 peer institutions handled these policies, and the process that UF intends to undertake to implement strategic policy changes informed by this analysis.
Using word clouds and other statistical means of word-use analysis, the poster will highlight three of the four major policy areas explored. Initial analysis indicates that the technology behind the IRs at the various peer institutions may inform some IR policies, which may in turn direct best practices. This idea will be explored with bar charts, or other graphical representations of the correlation between key policies and the platforms of the corresponding institutions. The results of this review will help institutions who are bringing a new IR online, who are considering transferring an existing IR to a different platform, or who are undergoing policy review.
Manager of the UF Institutional Repsitory and Theses and Dissertations Program
University of Florida Libraries