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Repositories- what do users want?

Christina Smart
Last modified 10 Nov, 2005
Published 08 Nov, 2005
In an article in October's Ariadne by Amber Thomas and Andrew Rothery discussing the need to take the user's perspective when developing online repositories.

The article explores some of the work of the West Midlands Share project (WM-Share), one of the Distributed e-Learning Regional Pilots. The project is looking at institutional and national repositories that support the sharing of learning and teaching content in the West Midlands region.

The article outlines scenarios of four different users of repositories and goes on to discuss what people need from learning materials repositories.

They conclude:

"The benefits to users depend on how they already share their teaching content with their peers. Some may benefit most from a closed, team-only institutionally-provided solution, whereas others may prefer an open access repository used by a community of practice; and many users may require something in between. There is no single set-up to suit every arrangement."


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