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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