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Chapter 17: Comparing Repository Types > ACHIEVING HIGH-VALUE FOR SCHOLARS: DED... - Pg. 333

Comparing Repository Types to feed details of new publications. By contrast, institutional repositories offer little or no specific services, and users must rely on search-and-find by way of aggregators and generic search engines. Efforts at harvesting or federated search have not, to date, led to the creation of any portal through which a well-defined corpus may be accessed. National repository systems may offer tuned services as soon as the collection is large enough (and submission rates high enough) for these services to be valuable. For example, the French system HAL offers a subscription service across the disciplines for articles and bibliographic refer- ences. Annual submissions passed the mark of fifty thousand in 2008 (for comparison, arXiv also had more than fifty thousand submission in 2008). By contrast, NARCIS, a national portal incorporat- ing the Dutch repository network (DAREnet), does not offer such subscription services (earlier projects, such as the Agricultural Repository News tories have been frequently in the past year (Salo, 2008; Albanese, 2009; Basefsky, 2009: Romary & Armbruster, 2010). Research repositories also could boost subject-based repositories and national systems by delivering high quality content. ACHIEVING HIGH-VALUE FOR SCHOLARS: DEDICATED SERVICES Scholarly communication primarily supports the further advancement of knowledge, including the training of the next generation. Repositories are new, and in more than one way, exist in parallel to the existing infrastructure of journals. In this sense, repositories and journals are competing for the attention of readers and authors. It is thus of importance and interest how repositories offer dedicated services. As subject-based repositories have seen large