Guidelines for the Creation of Institutional Repositories at Universities and Higher Education Institutions

Atilio Bustos Gonzalez, et.al., Alfa Network Babel Library, Sept 14, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is quite a good report that deserves a wide readership, especially among its target audience in Latin American Universities. It outlines the process of creating institutional repositories, describing their purpose, typical contents and potential authors. It looks at content management, including metadata, copyright issues, software and quality control. I found the discussion to be well-informed and precise. For example, instead of simply stating that the repository would contain 'learning objects' the authors note that "The concept of learning objects is now evolving into more dynamic, granular and re-usable realities." This is quite true - and something you would learn not from product brochures but rather a depth of knowledge and experience in the area. Numerous details like that throughout the paper confirm for me the quality of the overall presentation. The paper was announced though the JISC list, where you can access versions in English, Spanish and Portugese.
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