Institutional Repositories Thought Leader Meeting
Date: February 12, 2008
Location: Baltimore, MD
Facilitator: Greg Tanenbaum
Topic Committee: Discovery to Delivery
The final report from this meeting is available.
With significant recent institutional investments in implementing repository software, interoperability is a critical success factor. This is particularly true where the lack of interoperability hinders the use of these systems on the deposit side by the content creators. The struggle between local repository needs and the more global needs for sharing, such as through cross-repository search, continues to be a topic of discussion and heated debate, and could benefit from involvement of not only the producers of institutional repository software, but from the existing standards bodies that currently work in this space. Many issues related to data models and metadata schemas exist, including the huge problem of common encoding schemes for values within those schemas.