Author: Erv Blythe and Vinod Chachra
Abstract: In the education and research arena of the late 1970s and early 1980s, a struggle developed between those who advocated centralized, mainframe-based computing and those who advocated distributed computing. Ultimately, the debate reduced to whether economies of scale or economies of scope are more important to the effectiveness and efficiency of information technology, with the answer being that both are critical. A similar tension is mounting today in the institutional repository movement. The question is: Should digital object repositories be individual-focused or institution-focused? And like the centralized-versus-distributed debate of thirty years ago, there is a developing realization today that although institutional repositories must have institutional organization, coordination, and investment, they will be successful only when they achieve broad and voluntary participation by individuals in the communities they serve.
Journal: EDUCAUSE Review
related technologies - digital object repositories
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The Value Proposition in Institutional Repositories 2005
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