PioNEER, e-Repository of NEER's research outcomes

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This page is designed to collect information about matters related to NEER's e-Repository: PioNEER; an archive of participants' research outputs, such as journal publications and other outcomes, for example, resources developed as part of research projects.

There was a brief (due to time constraints) but heated discussion about the merits of building the network repository during the July 07 conference; see Why e-Repository?. While we await the emergence of institutional repositories that would go some way towards archiving researchers' publications  -- and potentially making PioNEER redundant, we need to be realistic about their limitations; most notably: will they provide open access, will they allow unlimited number of objects per researcher, will they support a variety of object types and file formats, will postgraduate students and early career researchers not employed by universities be allowed to deposit in institutional archives?

You can find links to related topics in Repositories and Open Access blogs maintained by Toby Burrows in the Digital Services space.

You can download an interesting case study from Queensland University of Technology, the only Australian university (so far)
that has made depositing in the institutional archive compulsory "QUT: Mandating Open Access and Researcher response".

Compulsory depositing in an open access repository at QMU in Edinburgh. 

Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) is worth having a look at for info on matters close to home.

A lively discussion forum of matters relater to e-repositories, especially IR (Institutional Repositories and not Industrial Relations)  and open access has been going on for a while on the American Scientist Open Access Forum <AMERICAN-SCIENTIST-OPEN-ACCESS-FORUM@LISTSERVER.SIGMAXI.ORG>, moderated by Stevan Harnad from Southampton University. The Forum's well worth signing up for if you need/want to keep track of how the debate is shaping up -- mostly in Europe and North America -- and of course this is relevant to Australia, as it will have impact on practices and polices adopted here. (Warning: as I said above, the Forum reflects a lively ongoing debate, so you'll need to budget a bit of time just for reading the subject lines and archiving emails!)

Below are links to some useful announcements from the Forum 

"A DRIVER's Guide to European Repositories - Five studies of important Digital Repository related issues and good Practices" by Kasja Weenink and Leo Waaijers is now available (ISBN 978 90 5356 411 0) 

Required and Desirable metadata in a repository, esp. the "peer reviewed" tag.

"Open Doors and Open Minds" and the 10-step action list is openly available on the SPARC Web site at


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC's advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at

Science Commons

Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. Science Commons identifies unnecessary barriers to research, crafts policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develops technology to make research data and materials easier to find and use. The goal of Science Commons is to speed the translation of data into discovery and to unlock the value of research so more people can benefit from the work scientists are doing. Science Commons is online at

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  1. Oct 31, 2007


    Institutional repositories will not make PioNEER redundant. PioNEER is unique in that it is a subject based repository and will be part of the portal for Early European Research in Australia. It is potentially far more useful than a general institutional repository.