Repository as a Service (RaaS)


  • Stuart Lewis The University of Auckland Library
  • Kim Shepherd The University of Auckland Library
  • Yin Yin Latt The University of Auckland Library
  • Andrea Schweer Library Consortium of New Zealand
  • Adam Field EPrints Services, University of Southampton


In his oft-quoted seminal paper ‘Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure For Scholarship In The Digital Age’ Clifford Lynch (2003) described the Institutional Repository as “a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members.” This paper seeks instead to define the repository service at a more primitive level, without the specialism of being an ‘Institutional Repository’, and looks at how it can viewed as providing a service within appropriate boundaries, and what that could mean for the future development of repositories, our expectations of what repositories should be, and how they could fit into the set of services required to deliver an Institutional Repository service as describe by Lynch.

Author Biography

Stuart Lewis, The University of Auckland Library

Digital Development Manager