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CPKN Launches Online Research Repository

It’s easier than ever to access the most recent research about learning and e-learning. The new CPKN Research Repository enables trainers, managers, and other stakeholders in the public safety sector to browse and share reports, studies, and other documents about advances and trends in e-learning.

“The online repository will focus on materials that are relevant to the Canadian public safety and law enforcement communities,” says Sandy Sweet. “It will ensure decision-makers have the most accurate, up-to-date information about e-learning and how it’s being used in today’s training sector.”

The idea of an online repository was first raised at the Stanhope 2011 conference. At that time, it was suggested that CPKN was ideally positioned to create and manage this type of service on behalf of the police community. Within a few short months, CPKN had identified a platform and has now launched the repository. True to the CPKN model, the repository is based on collaborative participation of the police, academic, and IT communities.

Accessing the Repository
The CPKN Research Repository can be accessed at http://eprints.cpkn.ca. From here, anyone can browse or search the research inventory, though access to more sensitive documents may be restricted to individuals with user accounts. Individuals who wish to contribute to the repository also require user accounts.

A user account requires a username and password which are provided, on request, by CPKN. To request a user account, please complete the online form on the repository website. Please include your name, email address, affiliated organization, and position/title within your organization. All requests for user accounts will be verified by CPKN before access is granted.

Contributing to the Repository
Researchers, training specialists, designated agents involved in e-learning and technology-enhanced training in the public safety community are invited to contribute materials to the repository, including journal articles, conference and workshop papers, published/ unpublished reports and working papers, datasets, and business reports. When making a submission, contributors must provide content information including title, author, abstract, publisher, number of pages, and date published. Contributors may also set viewer thresholds for public or restricted access. To ensure content is appropriate, all submissions to the repository will be reviewed by CPKN before they are posted to the database.

“Canada is already a frontrunner within the international police community in the effective use of e-learning,” says Sweet. “This repository is just one more way that CPKN is working to enhance knowledge about ongoing advancements in police training models.”