As some of you know, we have struggled to secure grant funding for the last few years. This has slowed some of the steady progress we had been making. We are looking to reduce our monthly and annual costs as we move forward and in doing so, there will be some changes that will impact everyone.
We are going to get away from the DSpace database that the Rubicon Research Repository (RRR) was built on. This has several advantages for us including:
- Better search functions – Many have reached out and learned how to use external searching through Google, now that will not be needed
- Removing the cost to update the server side software – We seemed to always be several versions behind and that negatively impacts function
- Moving to a platform that requires little to no technical skill – Building XML forms took time and drove many volunteers away
- Getting back to daily additions of new content – This was something that many users really liked and we listened
- CURRENT links to documents in the RRR will become dead links – We will get to re-routing the short links we always suggested but we know many of you have used other links or linked directly to the pdf documents. Sorry for the inconvenience but this really is a good thing for all of us
I know, one of the things people really like about Rubicon is that we do not “push” products or sales. We hear you and we have not given up on that part of our image. We will not be spamming any inboxes with sales pitches or anything like that. We do want everyone to find books that might interest them and if the sale pays for part of our incredible resources, even better.
Have you seen the book below by Gareth Lock? He is a regular user of the Rubicon Research Repository and his new book is incredible educational content. So buying it via the link below sells a good book and helps Rubicon.