Repositories- time to reconsider

Recent Discussions such as Andy Powells Repositories through the looking glass/Repositories followup, hits a chord with me- after working around this area since 2000.  While there are examples of institutional repositories (including ours at CLI) which are serving the purposes for that institution, it is when their orientation expands to outside these institutions- their effectiveness falls into question.  The institutional repository is intentionally restricted in terms of access, participation , resource quantity,  interaction limited in terms of scope and it is a bounded entity, the scope of which is predefined and regulated. These of course can be desirable qualities; to maintain a regulated, definable and quality controlled input/output. But even the more distributed repository systems such as the LORN system of the Australian VET sector is a good technical solution waiting for users to naturally engage with it. The alternative is a free association of user defined  entities and limitless associations of objects through the semantic web.  Lightweight implementations open to others beyond those defined within the institution – to those in other  communities of users – who share a natural association with the resources/information and underlying intentions.. Institutional repositories are heavyweight- they remind me of a heavy gauge rail system- when what is needed is a system which is user driven and defined. The traditional  LMSs are in the same order-  designed to serve the purposes of the institution and not the individual.


About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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One Response to Repositories- time to reconsider

  1. toplist says:

    thanks super blog

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