FAQ on LU ZONE UL: Institutional Repository (IR) at Laurentian University

  1. What is an institutional repository?
  2. Why is there increasing momentum to build IRs at academic institutions?
  3. What content does LU ZONE UL support?
  4. What is the diference between an IR and a web page?
  5. Who has access to documents archived in LU ZONE UL?
  6. What about copyright in LU ZONE UL?
  7. What are the benefits of an IR for LU faculty?
  8. What are the benefits of an IR for LU?
  9. How many institutions have institutional repositories?
  10. To find out more

1. What is an institutional repository?

An institutional repository is a database with a set of services to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute a university's scholarly research in digital formats. Members of a university which has implemented an IR may deposit and manage their own research material (self-archiving). As a general rule, IR technology has been developed to support the open access model of dissemination. The IR at Laurentian University is called LU ZONE UL.

2. Why is there increasing momentum to build IRs at academic institutions?

Funding agencies increasingly require researchers to deposit a copy of all their articles and/or data in IRs to enable research results to be disseminated quickly and efficiently. Self-archiving addresses some of the challenges posed by digital scholarship (exponential growth and a very fluid and volatile environment). Within this context, there is a need to rapidly disseminate knowledge while ensuring its preservation over time.

3. What content does LU ZONE UL support?

4. What is the difference between an IR and a web page?

5. Who has access to documents archived in LU ZONE UL?

All documents archived in LU ZONE UL can, by default, be accessed by anyone using the Internet. Laurentian's IR is based on the principles of open access established by the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

6. What about copyright in LU ZONE UL?

Authors retain all intellectual rights to their works when they archive them in LU ZONE UL. The click through license you will see when you deposit something says that you are giving Laurentian University the right to make your work freely available over the Internet and to migrate it to updated formats if this becomes necessary. Before archiving a document which has already been published, authors are responsible to make sure their editors authorize self-archiving. As well, permission from co-authors, if applicable, must be obtained.

A UK higher education consortium called SHERPA provides SHERPA/RoMEO, a searchable database of publisher policies regarding IRs. If you are not sure about the archiving policies of a publisher, LU ZONE UL administrators S. Lafortune and D. Scott can provide assistance.

7. What are the benefits of an IR for LU faculty?

8. What are the benefits of an IR for Laurentian University?

9. How many institutions have institutional repositories?

As of May 2007, over 897 research institutions or their departments have functional IRs. In Canada, 19 universities offer self-archiving services.

10. To find out more