Using Item Mapping to Create Communities in An Institutional Repository: The Washington State University Experience
Deciding how to structure the communities within an institutional repository is like ordering coffee at your favorite coffeehouse. The variations and permutations are endless. Washington State University Library used their electronic theses and dissertations as the locus for developing the communities in the Research Exchange, their institutional repository opened in late 2006. This technique provided a depth to the repository that might have taken years to develop waiting for individual campus departments to provide materials for the repository. This presentation will describe the technique and how it has added dimension to our institutional repository.