Open Repository: implementing ‘Request a Copy’ button

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Open Repository is rolling out a new ‘Request a Copy’ feature to our DSpace repository platform. Any of our global Open Repository client-base who wish to implement this feature will be able to add the button to their repository instance. For our UK clients,  the ‘Request a Copy button’ will assist repositories looking to comply with new polices for open access as part of the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.

As per the DuraSpace website: “The request a copy functionality was added to DSpace as a measure to facilitate access in those cases when uploaded content can not be openly shared with the entire world immediately after submission into DSpace. It gives users an efficient way to request access to the original

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Announcing new Open Repository client: Laureate International Universities Network

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Open Repository is delighted to announce an agreement with the Laureate International Universities Network to build and host their institutional repository. Laureate is the largest private international network of degree-granting post-secondary institutions located around the world.  The Laureate network comprises over  800,000 enrolled students within 75 institutions in 30 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Over the coming months the Open Repository team will be working with the Laureate repository team to implement a large & expanding multilingual repository, beginning with English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Open Repository builds, hosts and customizes enhanced, DSpace repositories for institutions worldwide, enabling the institution to focus on managing and developing content within their repository. Through Open Repository and Open Repository Lite, clients can choose …

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Open Repository: Announcing integration with ORCID

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We are delighted to announce that Open Repository’s DSpace platform is now integrated with ORCID® via the ORCID API.We have the feature available for viewing on our demo site. Starting today, we are rolling out this feature to a selection of clients who specifically requested the integration, and thereafter to all Open Repository and Open Repository Lite clients.


What is ORCID? 

“ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.”

ORCID allows for disambiguation of authorial and contribution identity. Researchers and scholars can bind a unique identifier to research objects: journals …

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Open Repositories 2014, Helsinki: A full and flourishing landscape

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We’ve returned home after a fulsome week in Helsinki, attending the Open Repositories 2014 Conference along with approximately five hundred delegates & sponsors. The conference is a leading international event in the Open Access calendar, focusing on post-publication OA: curation, preservation and dissemination of scholarly research, and, data about scholarly research. Open Repository was one of a number of conference sponsors. We’d like to thank our hosts for their excellent hospitality, and for looking after us fabulously.


Erin McKiernan gave a typically forthright keynote address. As with her address to the SPARC 2014 meeting in Kansas City, she made another compelling case for researchers to be completely …

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Open Repository now part of the IRUS-UK program



We’re pleased to announce that all our UK client repositories are now able to participate in the IRUS-UK program. Our clients Chester  Anglia Ruskin Research Online, ARRO  TeesRep – Teesside University’s research collection are early adopters, with the University of Bedfordshire,University of Derby and Manchester Metropolitan University due to follow shortly.

IRUS-UK aggregates details of all content downloaded from participating UK repositories. It enables repositories to share download and usage statistics via the COUNTER standard. The aim is to compile and share a snapshot of UK repository usage, thereby aiding national repository advocacy.  You can read more about the IRUS-UK project at

We would like to thank the IRUS-UK team, particularly …

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Open Repository: coming to a location near you!

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A busy month ahead for Open Repository’s global team

North America:  Open Repository will be attending the annual ALA conference in Las Vegas,  June 26th-July 1st. You can find us at Booth 1667 alongside our BioMed Central & Papers colleagues. Open Repository Sales Manager, Claire Bundy, will be on hand to discuss Open Repository’s services. She’ll also be showing small & medium-sized institutions how to ‘make a big impact with a small budget’ with Open Repository Lite, the low-cost hosted DSpace repository service launched at ALA Mid-Winter 2014.

Asia: our busy team in the Asia region will be attending two conferences over the coming month. We’ll be at The 5th International m-Libraries Conference, May 28-29th, at The Chinese University of …

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Practical Action: a repository for the developing world

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From the DuraSpace April Newsletter


Practical Action: a repository for the developing world

Open Repository is delighted to announce an agreement with the Practical Action Group to build and host their institutional repository.  Practical Action is a large international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Open Repository will be working with Practical Action Publishing to implement a large & expanding repository storing  books, journal articles and metadata.  The repository, launching in the middle of 2014, will be harvested by multiple content management systems in order to serve Practical Action’s worldwide stable of websites.

Practical Action joins Open Repository clients such as Oxfam iLibrary and Médecins Sans Frontières operating in …

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Open Repository debuts in Mexico with new Monterrey-based client, ITSEM



From James Evans, Product Manager and Claire Bundy, Account-Sales Manager, Open Repository:

Open Repository débuts in Mexico with new Monterrey-based client

Open Repository is delighted to announce an agreement with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ( ITESM) to host their DSpace institutional repository.  ITESM is situated in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and is attended by over one hundred thousand students. It is also home to thriving research and library communities. Until now, the repository has operated on an internally-hosted platform; however, ITESM recently made the decision to switch their hosting, customisation & additional development to Open Repository’s DSpace platform. In doing so they can focus resources on growing and managing the content in their repository.  Open Repository …

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Connacht Ulster Alliance demonstrates value in a shared consortium repository for smaller institutions

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James Evans, Product Manager Open Repository writes:

The Connacht Ulster Alliance launched their repository on Tuesday February 18th, attended by staff and the Presidents of the three Institutes in the CUA. The CUA is a strategic partnership formed by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and  Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo), with the aim of achieving Technological University status within the Republic of Ireland.

The CUA repository, running on Open Repository’s low cost hosted platform, demonstrates the value in running a shared consortium repository. Each of the institutions holds their content at separate community levels, using the DSpace hierarchy to add further collections to suit their individual …

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Open Repository and OR Lite: ALA MidWinter Review


Open Repository Account Sales Manager Claire Bundy writes:

“I had the pleasure, of recently attending the ALA Midwinter 2014 conference in Philadelphia, from where we operated an integrated BioMed Central booth. As integral parts of BioMed Central, both Open Repository and Papers ran workshops and provided numerous demonstrations of both services to a wide variety of interested institutions.

Additionally, as part of our attendance at ALA MidWinter 2014, Open Repository ran a workshop entitled: “Big Impact, Small Budget”.  It was a well attended and interactive session, addressing how to gain maximum impact from limited budgets and how institutes can still implement an enhanced, DSpace, hosted …

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