SINN03 eProceedings

    The Research and HE Information Market

    Hans E. Roosendaal
    School of Business, Public Administration and Technology
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Twente


    The research and HE information market will in future be based on a federated network of repositories of information relating to research and education that conform to open standards, and an accommodating infrastructure that allows users the easiest and fastest possible access to information in all of these repositories. The information covered by such a network will not only comprise of information material for research and HE, but also of management information relating to this information. The market is the research and HE community; its main focus is open standards. This federated network will be global.
    This generally shared vision describes a real life network of repositories of information relating to research and education, containing both research and education information in the widest sense and management information to support access to and disclosure of this information. The user, be this a student, a teacher or a researcher, will be able to make use of this information from any site and in all possible ways. Many research and HE institutions and other knowledge-intensive organisations and companies world wide are developing novel but often disparate approaches to the management of on-line scholarly and educational resources, a.o. by creating institutional repositories. These repositories can be institutional repositories containing information products of an institution's research and education, or disciplinary repositories for either research or educational, or combinations thereof, information. To achieve wide acceptance of the network it is mandatory that it contains a sufficiently large critical mass of information material. Critical mass is also needed to be able to support a variety of value chains for the information market representing different organisational models, legal models and business models as the individual stakeholders see fit for the exchange of specific information products. The creation of a cohesive and coherent network guarantees the best return on investment for all stakeholders on their own terms, be they public (such as e.g. universities) or private (such as e.g. publishers) organisations. It is in the interest of each individual stakeholder to strive for maximum flexibility in this market place. This can best be achieved by developing a strategy that allows maximum compliance with the vision in the market place. Stakeholders should then share a basic conception of a high level strategy as starting point for developing their individual strategies.
    Main issues of such a high level strategy allowing strategy development at different aggregation levels will be discussed.



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