There's a lot in this question, but just to get at one common practice that
doesn't make sense at first glance (namely operating multiple repositories)
-- that's because you need something that meets needs both at the ingest
and use end.
There is a case for consolidation, but what delivers a compelling
experience for born digital documents, scanned texts, archival images,
datasets (many different kinds of these), etc. is very different. Adapting
a repository that does one of these things well to perform a completely
different task really well often sets you up for maintenance headaches that
are far worse than you'd have with multiple repositories even if
containerizing your solution or using the cloud makes life easier. BTW, I
don't think the cloud helps that much with the lock in issue as the
platform and the data supporting it are so interrelated.
We're always looking at possibilities, but having just one repository is
not a realistic course of action for us right now.
On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 4:12 AM, Peter Corrigan <[log in to unmask]
> I'm interested in hearing the views of this list on long-term strategy
> concerning the software platform for Scholarly Open Access Institutional
> Repositories. In particular, I'm interested in how systems like DSpace,
> Eprints, etc. have facilities that are to a degree, provided by Fedora
> based solutions, e.g. IslandScholar. Why operate two repositories? As
> some of us migrate these systems to the cloud, is there a case for
> consolidation to reduce duplication of effort and, in particular,
> duplication of the substantial long-term costs involved.
> Is it the case that we set strategy concerning the scholarly IR platform
> circa 2008 and now cloud-migration provides an opportunity to escape
> inertial lock-in. Alternatively, is it the case that only a dedicated
> scholarly repository provides the features our users demand. Agree,
> disagree? I'd be grateful for your input.
> Thanks in advance,
> Peter Corrigan
> Peter Corrigan,
> Head of Organisational Development & Performance,
> James Hardiman Library,
> National University of Ireland, Galway.
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