The ongoing changes in technology have transformed the way people generate, access, retrieve and communicate information. This includes the context of (higher) education – through the improvements in institutional repository (IR) technology and open access standards - where it has resulted in increased and improved scholarly communication and knowledge networking. Critical for the implementation and management of IRs are a certain set of policies, procedures, skills and technologies, that need to operate in concert; that is why the IR Toolkit is being developed. It aims to provide guidelines on how to start, implement and manage an IR, particularly in an academic institution environment.
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The process of setting up and maintaining an IR can be devided into four key steps, as illustrated below. In this toolkit the management of the process is a separate aspect covering the four steps.