Funding models for Open Access Repositories

Kitchin, Rob and Collins, S. and Frost, D. (2015) Funding models for Open Access Repositories. Technical Report. Royal Irish Academy.

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Across jurisdictions and domains (academia, government, business) there has been much recent attention paid to open forms of knowledge production (e.g., open-source software, open data/metadata, open infrastructures) and the creation of open digital repositories for the unrestricted sharing of data, publications and other resources. This report focuses on the latter, documenting and critically examining 14 different funding streams, grouped into six classes (institutional, philanthropic, research, audience, service, volunteer), being pursued by open digital repositories to support their endeavours, with a particular focus on academic research data repositories. While open digital repositories are free to access, they are not without significant cost to build and maintain, and unstable and cyclical funding poses considerable risks to their future and the digital collections they hold. While the political and ethical debate concerning the merits of open access and open data is important, we argue that just as salient are concerns with respect to long-term, sustainable funding for the operation and maintenance of open access digital repositories.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. When citing this report, please use the following wording: Kitchin, R., Collins, S. and Frost, D. (2015), Funding models for Open Access Repositories. Maynooth: Maynooth University. Dublin: the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin.
Keywords: Funding models; Open Access Repositories; Digital Repository of Ireland; DRI;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7104
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 15:11
Publisher: Royal Irish Academy

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