Report from the Repositories & Preservation Workgroup


  • Joyce Backus Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
  • Robert Cartolano Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services, Columbia University
  • Christina Drummond Director of Strategic Initiatives, Educopia Institute
  • Agathe Gebert Open Access Repository Manager, GESIS-Leibniz-institute for the Social Sciences
  • Brooks Hanson Director of Publications, American Geophysical Union
  • James Hilton University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation, University of Michigan
  • Maryann Martone Director of Biosciences,, and President, FORCE11
  • Sarah Michalak Associate Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC)
  • Richard Ovenden Bodley's Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Sarah Pritchard Dean of Libraries, Northwestern University
  • Rita Scheman Publications Director, American Physiological Society



Repositories are a vital tool in modern information management and a key component of preserívation and long-term availability. They are not well-suited, however, to the current chalílenges posed by our information-rich society and the multitude of stakeholders involved in the modern scholarly publishing system. Strengthening repositories and standardizing preservaítion processes are critically important. This challenge will require not only leading multiíple stakeholder groups but also reforming multiple information systems, architectures, phiílosophies, practices, and more.

OSI2016 Workgroup Question

Are we satisfied with the current state of global knowledge preservation? What are the currentí preservation methods? Who are the actors? Is this system satisfactory? What role do instituítional repositories play in this process? What does the future hold for these repositories (taking into account linking efforts, publishing company concerns about revenue declines, wideíspread dark archiving practices, and so on)? Would new mandates help (or do we simply need to tighten existing mandates so they actually compel authors to do certain things)? And how do versions of record figure into all of thisââ¬âthat is, how do archiving poliícies (with regard to differences between pre-journal and post-journal versions) affect knowledge accuracíyí and transfer? How can digital preservation advance open scholarship?