Ranking Web of Repositories

William Gunn william.gunn at MENDELEY.COM
Tue Jul 22 18:39:14 EDT 2014

No disagreement there, and in fact we discussed this a little at the OKFN
FEST in Berlin recently. There are two major issues with getting to compete
directly with global commercial services: economy of scale and developer

A global service like Mendeley can spend sums larger than any repository
budget on marketing and outreach. This isn't insurmountable, but it does
require solving the collective action problem. All repositories need to
pool resources and choose to spend lots of time and money on getting

The developer issue is a tougher one, because there's lots more to attract
the best developers to a global service that they have a reputational and
financial stake in. These are the people who are building the compelling
features. In addition, the aim of a service like Mendeley is first and
foremost to build something researchers want. If they don't want what we
built, we would change what we're building until we find something they do,
or we'd go out of business and another company would take a shot at it.
Repositories can't go out of business nor can they drastically change what
they are, so by necessity, researchers come at least second, and that
affects adoption.

The Linux/Apache ecosystem has solved this in open source, so it's doable
in open access.

William Gunn | Head of Academic Outreach, Mendeley | @mrgunn
http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/william-gunn | (650) 614-1749
On Jul 22, 2014 2:59 PM, "Isidro F. Aguillo" <isidro.aguillo at cchs.csic.es>

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> Dear William,
> Thanks for the info and the very practical service you describe. That is
> exactly my point, the repositories should try to match the level of
> services offered, for example, by your company.  Obviously Mendeley has an
> important role as global actor in the system, but local action is badly
> needed and the added value of institutional repositories should be improved
> far beyond the current status.
> Best regards,
> William Gunn <william.gunn at mendeley.com> escribió:
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>> I would like to point out re: the suggestion that scientific social
>> networks are somehow inhibiting open access that Mendeley has worked with
>> Symplectic to facilitate deposit of anything on a researcher's Mendeley
>> profile to their local IR. In addition, Mendeley has an Open API, so could
>> be a useful service to help identify authors who have new outputs that
>> haven't been deposited with their institution. This puts us in an entirely
>> separate class from the other sites mentioned.
>> Best,
>> --
>> William Gunn | Head of Academic Outreach, Mendeley | @mrgunn
>> http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/william-gunn | (650) 614-1749
>> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:34 AM, Isidro F. Aguillo <
>> isidro.aguillo at cchs.csic.es> wrote:
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>>> The new edition (July 2014) of the Ranking Web of Repositories has been
>>> just published
>>> http://repositories.webometrics.info/
>>> The ranking is published since 2008 and its main aim is to promote the
>>> Green Road to Open Access supporting and monitoring the evolution of
>>> thousands of repositories worldwide. The inclusion criteria are more
>>> demanding than those from other directories, as only repositories with
>>> their own web domain or subdomain are accepted.
>>> Methodological criteria are maintained with minor changes from the
>>> previous edition. The Visibility indicator again incorporates altmetrics
>>> mentions from the following sources: Academia, Facebook, LinkedIn,
>>> Mendeley, ResearchGate, Slideshare, Twitter, Wikipedia (all editions),
>>> Wikipedia (English version) and YouTube. And now Scholar indicator is
>>> obtained by combining four variables obtained from Google Scholar: number
>>> of articles, published between 2009 and 2013, PDF files (with appropriate
>>> suffix) and pdf files dating from 2009 to 2013.
>>> The most important innovation is the inclusion of ResearchGate, Academia
>>> and Mendeley in the Ranking of portals. It has been done to draw
>>> attention
>>> to a candidate problem, as certain authors are placing their papers on
>>> these websites instead of their own institutional repositories. The
>>> limited
>>> added value provided by the current generation of repository software and
>>> the slow implementation by repository managers of services like author
>>> profiles, metrics and other customization options are leading to an
>>> unfortunate trend that could mean those "competitors" will frustrate the
>>> objective of achieving comprehensive deposit of scientific production of
>>> the institution.
>>> As for results, subject repositories continue to lead the table:
>>> Arxiv.org
>>> e-Print Archive, Social Science Research Network, Europe PubMed Central
>>> Research Papers in Economics. Several of the repositories implemented by
>>> HAL (France) and the combination of the various universities into a
>>> unique
>>> University of California repository are the main institutional
>>> highlights.
>>> Regarding Portals, the SciELO network shows the now global success of
>>> this
>>> initiative.
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