Defiant Objects Project Report

Nadim, Tahani and Randall, Rebecca. 2013. Defiant Objects Project Report. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London. [Report]

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The Defiant Objects project was an 18-month Sherpa-LEAP research project, looking at depositing non-standard or difficult research outputs (which we have termed 'defiant objects') into institutional repositories.
Headed by Tahani Nadim (Goldsmiths) with research assistance from Rebecca Randall (Goldsmiths). It followed on from work carried out by the LEAP Media Working Group into depositing multi media work into repositories.

Defiant Objects addresses a number of issues that have arisen in conjunction with the increase in non-text-based, non-standard or otherwise difficult deposits in repositories: deciding what exactly to upload, the relationship between a work and it's surrogate, choice of appropriate item type, metadata or controlled terminology, and completing item records in such a way as to be clear and comprehensible to end users of the repository.

Outputs from this project include a deposit guide poster and leaflet, a project report, a blog and twitter feed and a conference poster for Open Repositories 2013 in Canada.

The research and its recommendations are very much focused on arts-based research as well as the IR software EPrints. This is because the research team has most experience with these subjects due to institutional affiliation and because the EPrints system is the most
widely used IR system within the University of London. Arts-based research is also where one is likely to find many research outputs that could be seen as ‘defiant’.

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Related items in GRO:

Defiant Objects Project
Defiant Objects Deposit Guide


repository, defiant object, arts research, non-standard research output,

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Library > Goldsmiths Research Online
Library > Special Collections


April 2013

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14 Aug 2013 13:11

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29 Apr 2020 15:53


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