Presentation Type

Presentation

Date

2019-06-18

Description

Change is inevitable. As repository systems evolve, institutions may evaluate whether or not their current and future repository needs will be met. If they are not met, an institution may decide to migrate repository platforms. But repository systems are not agnostic. In many cases, repositories will offer completely different user experiences, services, functionality, and capabilities. Inevitably, an institution will need to evaluate what will be gained or loss due to a repository migration. What should an institution do if key functionality, such as discovery, were broken because of a migration? What could be learned from the current migration, or what additional services and functionality would a new repository present, that would aid in future migrations?

In 2018, the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries migrated 33,000 items from their former Digital Commons repository to their new figshare for institutions repository. Additionally, a number of materials were migrated to other institutions where those materials were better suited to be housed. This presentation will discuss the evaluation of repository gains and losses created by the migration. Additionally, this presentation will highlight what additional projects were necessary to ensure that user services and discovery could be directed to the new locations of the content.

Keywords

institutional repositories, data repositories, Carnegie Mellon University, repository platforms, migration

DOI

10.13028/d6qs-s389

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Beyond Migration: Understanding the Effects of Repository Migration on User Experiences and Repository Services

Change is inevitable. As repository systems evolve, institutions may evaluate whether or not their current and future repository needs will be met. If they are not met, an institution may decide to migrate repository platforms. But repository systems are not agnostic. In many cases, repositories will offer completely different user experiences, services, functionality, and capabilities. Inevitably, an institution will need to evaluate what will be gained or loss due to a repository migration. What should an institution do if key functionality, such as discovery, were broken because of a migration? What could be learned from the current migration, or what additional services and functionality would a new repository present, that would aid in future migrations?

In 2018, the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries migrated 33,000 items from their former Digital Commons repository to their new figshare for institutions repository. Additionally, a number of materials were migrated to other institutions where those materials were better suited to be housed. This presentation will discuss the evaluation of repository gains and losses created by the migration. Additionally, this presentation will highlight what additional projects were necessary to ensure that user services and discovery could be directed to the new locations of the content.

 

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