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Wolski, M, Simons, N and Richardson, J 2013 , 'ECMs and Institutional Repositories. The Case for a Unified Enterprise Approach to Content Management', paper presented at the THETA: The Higher Education Technology Agenda 2013, 7-10 April 2013, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Universities are currently developing responses to manage the explosion of research
content. There is an expectation by these institutions as well as governments, funding
agencies and other stakeholders that research data will be well managed, available and
accessible to users as appropriate.
The large enterprise content management (ECM) platform vendors are evolving into
“information management frameworks”. The ECM solutions being marketed by these
vendors are underpinned by content repositories, promising to manage all of the
enterprise’s digital assets. One might logically question whether a university actually needs
separate institutional repositories (IR) systems and infrastructure such as DSpace, for
example, to manage research data. If these new enterprise solutions overcome the historical
shortcomings traditionally associated with research content, then what is the future of the
IR? The implementation of SharePoint along with new research data services at Griffith
University has been a catalyst for beginning to question some of the fundamental paradigms
which have underpinned the current thinking about an enterprise approach to research
infrastructure and the role of research repositories.
Having conducted a literature review, the authors outline the roles of enterprise content
management systems and institutional repositories in the context of strategies, processes,
and technologies rather than as single products. The focus is on architecture and a
management approach rather than technological solutions.
This paper explores the synergies between institutional repositories and enterprise content
management systems and how research content would fit within the traditional enterprise
content management system model. It concludes that there are major benefits in taking a
unified enterprise approach to managing research content within a university.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Wolski, M and Simons, N and Richardson, J
Keywords: THETA
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