Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Research Repository System object disclosure control

This is the fifth of a series of posts aiming to expand on the idea of the negative click, positive value repository, which I'm now calling a Research Repository System. I've suggested it should contain these elements:
Object disclosure control is crucial to this system working. Many digital objects in the system would be inaccessible to the general public (unless you are working in an Open Science or Open Notebook way). You need to be able to keep some objects private to you, some objects private to your project or group (not restricted to your institution, however), and some objects public. There should probably be some kind of embargo support for the latter, perhaps time-based, and/or requiring confirmation from you before release. And since some digital objects here are very likely to be databases, there are some granularity issues, where varying disclosure rules might apply to different subsets of the database. Perhaps this is getting a bit tough!

1 comment:

  1. I'm just talking to Sam Pepler of BADC and he makes an interesting distinction between what I call object disclosure control and object discoverability. So an object might be discoverable, ie published to external search services, or available for browsing and linking but not published, or private.


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