One of the major stumbling blocks for our team, surprisingly, was in choosing a name for our repository. We were all too aware that picking the right name would make marketing efforts–like creating a logo, designing posters, and presenting the IR to students and lecturers–easier and more effective, and so we knew it was a big decision. Many IRs seem to use acronyms that are pithy or clever, like ARAN (Access to Research at National University of Ireland, Galway), CORA (Cork Open Research Archive), and the Marine Institute OAR (Open Access Repository). And so our first instinct was to come up with a clever, pithy acronym.
As it turns out, pithy, clever acronyms are not that easy to generate.
A major step in building this IR was figuring out how we were going to host it online. ICS gave us a budget of about €120/year for hosting and domain name registration and left it up to us to choose a company and package that would work. We tried not to let our utter lack of experience in this area daunt us…
As countless case studies have shown (trust us – we’ve read them all), building an institutional repository is no easy feat. Being full-time graduate students with jobs, coursework, and personal lives AND building an IR is even less simple. As I’m sure many of our fellow students can attest, capstone projects are not without their challenges, and we’ve been facing our fair share.