At GrandIR we believe an adequate communication of the progress of the repository project is as critical for its success as a proper performance from a strictly technical level. Communication should be taken care of at both internal and external level. At an internal level it’s critical to stimulate interest and will to take part in the project by repository users –the institution researchers– through an appropriate communication policy that disseminates project challenges and achievements. Project managers at higher institutional levels should also be informed of the consequences of the repository consolidation on –for instance– the visibility of the institutional research output and its translation into assessment tools such as web rankings of world repositories or universities regularly published by several organizations.
This communication policy should ideally be designed and devised by the repository manager workteams. However, low-staffed teams often lack resources for performing such a high number of concurrent tasks. In order to prevent this situations from damaging an adequate project communication policy, GrandIR is offering repository projects its wide experience in designing and carrying out repository communication strategies in order to guarantee a proper dissemination of the project achievements both at internal (users and managers) and external level (via technological surveillance for interesting projects and events to take part in).