The development of institutional repositories has been a recent one. It was started by the University Of Southampton (UK) in late 2000 when they released a software package called E-Prints. Since that time, the establishment of institutional repositories has gained momentum. Factors such as the decreasing costs of online storage and the increase of broadband and gigabit networking technologies have all contributed to their growth in numbers and current popularity. The research is aimed answering several questions: To what extent are institutional repositories, as a method for communicating scientific and scholarly information, accepted or are they just hype? This question is looked at through the lens of the Gartner Hype Curve. How mature is the institutional repository as a technology when using the product lifecycle (Sigmoid Curve) and diffusion of innovation theory as measures? What is the evidence that institutional repositories are impacting the role of the book?
|Keywords:||Institutional Repositories, Gartner Hype Curve, E-books, Product Life Cycle, Diffusion of Innovation Theory|
Professional Librarian, University Library, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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