Building an institutional repository: sharing experiences at the HKUST Library
OCLC Systems & Services
Purpose -To document HKUST's experiences in developing its Institutional Repository and to highlight its programming developments in full-text linking and indexing, and cross institutional searching. Design/methodology/approach -This paper describes how HKUST Library planned and set up its Institutional Repository, how it acquired and processed the scholarly output, and what procedures and guidelines were established. It also discusses some new developments in systems, including the
... on of OpenURL linking from the pre-published version in the Repository to the published sources; the partnership with Scirus to enable full-text searching; and the development of a crosssearching platform for institutional repositories in Hong Kong. Findings -It illustrates what and why some policy issues should be adopted, including paper versioning, authority control, and withdrawal of items. It discusses what proactive approaches should be adopted to harvest research output. It also shows how programming work can be done to provide usage data, facilitate searching and publicize the repository so that scholarly output can be more accessible to the research community. Practical implications -Provides a very useful case study for other academic libraries who want to develop their own institutional repositories. What is originality/value of paper -HKUST is an early implementer of institutional repositories in Asia and its unique experience in policy issues, harvesting contents, standardization, software customization, and measures adopted in enhancing global access will be useful to similar institutions.