2003-10-01Buch DOI: 10.18452/1477
DINI-Certificate Document and Publication Repositories [November 2003]
Installing and institutionalizing document and publication repositories at universities creates the opportunity to offer and archive scholarly publications that were produced at the respective universities for a worldwide audience. This new service by the infrastructure institutions library and computing center helps disseminate the idea of electronic publishing as a new tool for academic work. DINI – the Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (German Initiative for Networked Information) – supports this development to reach a higher level of scientific and scholarly communication nationwide and internationally. To reach this goal it is necessary to network document and publication repositories. A network of local publications would complement the dominant (commercial) publications through publishing houses. This network may therefore also function as a regulating body against the monopolistic tendencies in scholarly publishing. The German Science Council and the Conference of University Rectors in Germany call for the installation of document and publication repositories, and funding institutions such as the Ministry for Science and Technology (Bundesministerium für Forschung und Bildung) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) support (and fund) this. It is deemed important to develop this according to international standards and to use proven technology. Taking the DINI publication “Electronic Publishing in Higher Education” (March 2002), that was published as a first guideline, as a starting point, this publications aims at three targets: - give a detailed description of the requirements of a certified document and publication repository, - highlight directions of development in the areas of configuration of repositories and of information exchange through theses repositories, - offer a certificate visible to both users and operators to certify the adherence to defined standards and recommendations by this repository. By issuing this certificate, DINI for the first time introduces a quality control for document and publication repositories. A set of minimum requirements of a repository and its operator mandatory for modern scholarly communication is formulated. At the same time DINI makes recommendations highlighting foreseeable developments that might turn into future requirements. A working group within DINI audits the criteria for the DINI certificate against international standards and developments and updates them accordingly. The certificate is for this reason issued with a year-of-award stamp.
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