Over the next few days we will be continuing to roll out a new system for regular updates to the Rubicon Research Repository (RRR). The true launch of this system will begin tonight with the release of the DAN Recreational Diving Fatalities Workshop Proceedings (RRR ID: 9303).
In the past, new items have been added to the RRR in an irregular fashion centered around when our volunteers had time or bulk importation of large collections that already existed in an electronic format. The randomness of these additions has not allowed our users to “see” the contents of our collection grow and many state they are not familiar with much of our content. Along with our web site design improvements and RRR database upgrades, we wanted to address this very real need for continuous addition of new materials to the collection.
This new system allows Rubicon volunteers to add documents to a queueing system that will publish documents at regular time intervals. The current publishing schedule uploads one document into the RRR three times per day starting with the first at 12:30 AM (EST).
How the queue works:
The documents are placed into “folders” based on the collection they will be added into. Once per day a random number generator will select a “folder” and the a document from within that “folder” to be added the next day. Those documents are then assigned a time they will be included into the collection.
Some documents within our collections are released on a certain date. Journal articles published in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (DHM) as well as Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM) are good examples of this. Their publishers hold the content of these journals for their members for a period of time, called the embargo period, before items are eligible for inclusion into the RRR. After two years from the date of publication, documents from DHM will now be added to the RRR. This is an example of a two year embargo. UHM has a one year embargo. At the time this embargo period ends, these documents will bypass the random number generator described above and will be placed at the front of the queue.