December 22nd, 2015 | Category : bepress Culture, Library as a Service Provider

Cliff Lynch in Conversation with bepress’ JG Bankier on the Future of the Repository

Last month, bepress was thrilled to host an event with Cliff Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and a leading thinker in the field of scholarly communications.

In 2003, Cliff Lynch laid out his vision for the institutional repository, predicting that “a mature and fully realized repository will contain the intellectual works of faculty and students— both research and teaching materials— and also documentation of the activities of the institution itself in the form of records of events and performance and of the ongoing intellectual life of the institution. It will also house experimental and observational data captured by members of the institution that support their scholarly activities.”

In a conversation with bepress’s President and CEO JG Bankier, Cliff Lynch revisits some of the key points of the article and uses it as a springboard for a broader discussion of topics including institutional support for data, new and untapped areas for institutional content, and issues that he sees coming up for IRs in the next decade. The second half of the event featured a lively and informative question-and-answer session with bepress staff on a wide range of topics, including  the digital divide, what disciplines are most resistant to open access, faculty profiles, what developers should know as they build new repository platforms, and more.

We are very excited to be able to share this special event with you. You can watch a video of the entire discussion here.