Potentials of repositories are being recognised by funding bodies worldwide and there is an international trend of funding bodies requiring publication of research results through repositories (RCUK, Wellcome Trust, The US - National Institute of Health)
Need for Preservation
“An institutional repository needs to be a service with continuity behind it …….
Institutions need to recognize that they are making commitments for the long term.” (Cliff Lynch, RLG DigiNews, 2004 )
Digital information is more vulnerable to potential loss due to dependence on technology – preservation actions required within very short timeframe
Digital information is easily altered - measures required to ensure its continued integrity & authenticity
Guarantee of long-term preservation gives authors more incentives to deposit content and enhances a repository’s trustworthiness
Long-term preservation and access to scholarly and education material should be an important strategic area for all Academic/Research organizations