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Permission to Preserve?: University Institutional Repositories, Copyright and Digital Preservation
American Library Association (2011)
  • Harrison W. Inefuku, University of British Columbia
  • Elizabeth Shaffer, University of British Columbia

University Institutional Repositories (UIRs) have been developed to provide access to and preserve the scholarly output of their host institutions. To date, much research has been conducted that explores the benefits of UIRs in terms of scholarly communication and open access. However, there is a paucity of research that investigates requirements for digital preservation, as well as the implications of intellectual property legislation on requirements for preservation and accessibility. This poster communicates the findings of a two-year research project that investigates the challenges presented by the digital preservation of a multitude of content types, which may include preprints, postprints, electronic theses and dissertations, multimedia presentations, datasets, and administrative records, with differing requirements for preservation and access. Furthermore, it is unclear how copyright legislation impacts the actions necessary to preserve this scholarship. Current copyright legislation has not been drafted with the complexities of digital environments in mind and the fair-use exceptions applicable to libraries are ambiguous when applied to digital repositories. The products of this project include a model preservation plan for UIRs (which consists of policies, procedures, guidelines, activity models, and metadata requirements) and an analysis of American and Canadian copyright legislation as it pertains to university libraries.

Publication Date
This poster stems from research conducted through the InterPARES 3 Project and the University Institutional Repositories: Copyright and Long-Term Preservation Project.
Citation Information
Harrison W. Inefuku and Elizabeth Shaffer. "Permission to Preserve?: University Institutional Repositories, Copyright and Digital Preservation" American Library Association (2011)
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