The University of Pretoria recently established an institutional repository on the DSpace platform in addition to a six year old installation of ETD-db for the University's electronic theses and dissertations.
Worldwide two issues seem to be stumbling blocks on the road towards successful implementation,
the non-compliance of authors to self submit even when they are convinced of the soundness of the concept;
certification of the quality of the content.
In view of these two factors as well as the fact that the University stands to gain from a well-populated IR,
consistent and controlled exposure leading to visibility and promotion,
complete record of scholarship,
interconnection of different objects,
archiving and preservation,
partnership with national and global initiatives,
the Academic Information Service developed a start-up strategy to which author self archiving (ASA) makes only a modest contribution and which may prove to be more cost-effective.
The poster will explore the different actions contributing to the strategy and their respective contributions and merits.
Poster presented at Open Scholarship 2006, The University of Glasgow, 18-20 October 2006