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Wednesday, May 20 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Democratizing Access to Research: Using RAMP Data to Compare Trends in IR Usage between the Global North and South

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A cornerstone of the institutional repository (IR) value proposition is that IRs democratize access to research outputs that would otherwise be locked behind publisher paywalls, thereby supporting innovation and growth among a diversity of communities and developing economies. However, the realization of this goal requires that IR content be at least as discoverable and accessible as similar offerings promoted by competing interests such as academic social media and third-party service providers (including predatory open access publishers). Using data from the Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP), a web service that aggregates data about IR search engine performance, this briefing will discuss trends in IR access and use across device types and explore the relationship between IR search engine performance, device use, and whether users are conducting searches from the Global North or South. The RAMP data used for this briefing are publicly available and include data from 35 repositories during the first five months of 2019. The briefing will include a link to the data and analysis code, as well as a demonstration of an interactive Tableau dashboard. Attendees will be invited to register their IR with RAMP. In addition to the presenters listed, other contributing authors are Kenning Arlitsch (Dean of the Library, Montana State University), and Nikolaus Parulian (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).


Jonathan Wheeler

Data Curation Librarian, UNM Libraries

Minh Pham

Doctoral Student/LEADS Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia

Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT