Institutional Repository Service for Federal Science Agencies Underway

The National Technical Information Services (NTIS) and Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa) have recently formed a Joint Venture (JV) to develop an Institutional Repository (IR) Service for federal agencies. Institutional Repositories are collections of agency scientific and technical information documents and other content that represent the work and mission of the agency, provided as a searchable, digital collection.

NTIS recognizes a huge demand coming from federal research communities to update the way scientists publish, share, and archive information.  The IR, supported by expert content managers and a technical team from IIa and NTIS, will provide a framework through which federal agency content can be made available, providing users with increased ease of access and agencies with cost savings. The IR Service will be a valuable asset for smaller agencies, agency components, projects and programs that need to provide information collection and dissemination but do not have sufficient information technology (IT) and content management support, for agencies who are interested in support for retooling their current repositories, and for agencies seeking to take advantage of new technologies such as mash-ups, blogs, and wikis, which they can reuse and repurpose from other resources through the IR. Cost savings will occur as the technology and the development of the system are shared- not redeveloped in multiple settings.

Among the core services to be provided will be content inventories, selection, and harvesting; the ability to map agency information to a core metadata scheme; customized interface design; increased search capabilities; and disaster recovery, archiving and preservation. Optional services may include extension of the core metadata scheme to meet specific needs of the agency audience, customized controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, metadata creation and controlled vocabulary indexing, quality assurance capabilities, and value-added subject matter expertise. 


Read more about the IR service in this article in InformationToday featuring IIa's Bonnie Carroll and Gail Hodge.