Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Science Online London 2010

Science Online London was a great event - lots of interesting and lively people from a variety of communities, and some really excellent speakers. Martin Rees, Aleks Krotoski, and Evan Harris stood out for me.

The most relevant bits to DURA were to do with repositories. One important rationale for DURA is that  integration of deposit with reference management (a normal researcher task) might increase deposit rates without anyone on repository staff needing to chivvy the academics along. Science Online attendees were reminded of the breakdown of costs for repositories, where outreach, acquisition and ingest can be up to 55% of the overall costs.  Ouch!

If we can help researchers deposit their works without needing to add to their already busy schedules, this should help deposit rates, and potentially reduce repository costs.

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