Miguel Ferreira et. al. has published their experiences of University of Minho institutional repository in their paper "Carrots and Sticks: Some Ideas on How to Create a Successful Institutional Repository" in January/February 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine. According to them - development of a successful repository requires "an adequate promotional plan, development of value-added services for authors, engagement in the international community and definition of a self-archiving mandate policy". I feel value added services are more important in motivating authors to deposit their publications. Institutional repositories can take clue from services like Slideshare.net. It is a platform where people can upload and share their presentations (PPTs). Value additions like Most Viewed (currently or by varied period duration), Most Downloaded, Most favorites, Number of times a presentation has been viewed and downloaded are wonderful ploys that not only motivates authors but also help viewers to browse through collection. It also allows the visitors to mark a presentation as favorite, tag it and leave comments as well.
Value-added services helps in building successful Instituional Repositories
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I agree with you. Value-added services, in my opinion, is a good bet. The statistical add-on, as I see it (we have no empirical studies that confirm it) is what makes people deposit over time and what convinces other authors to join.
Ana Alice Baptista (one of the authors)
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