Open Repository will also be holding a workshop at this conference entitled ‘Repositories: Does one size fit all?’ on 26th Jan from 10:30 to 12:00. The workshop will focus on how repositories, large and small, have to cope with the internal and external changes to their research landscapes and how Open Repository can help to overcome these problems. If you are interested in attending, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org before 13 Jan 2014 to secure your place.
Open Repository has acquired a new US client, an institutional consortium consisting of The Five Colleges of Ohio: Oberlin College, Denison University College of Wooster, Kenyon College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. The initial repository launch will contain communities and collections from Denison and Oberlin. Previously, the repositories forming the 5 Colleges repository were part of the OhioLINK network. We are pleased to welcome our new Ohio-based clients and look forward to working with them!
In August, the Open Repository team commenced upgrading clients to the latest DSpace version 3.2. All clients hosted on our internal infrastructure will be upgraded in batches over the reminder of 2013. The upgrade brings improvements in search, indexing and general repository performance. This process also affords clients the opportunity to audit their existing repository content, structure and layout for future planning.
Along with this upgrade, Open Repository is introducing a new device-responsive User-Interface. UX-tested by BioMed Central’s web-design team, the contemporary design resizes to fit desktops, smart-phones and tablets, offering the best possible user-experience per device. Focused around a core-design, the Open Repository team is working with each client individually to customize and implement this new feature. These include …
The Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in Toronto, Canada, launched its repository on October 21, 2013, during Open Access week. The ICS, an independent graduate school for interdisciplinary philosophy, decided that Open Repository was the ideal service to fulfil their Institute’s open access requirements. Through the repository, ICS is able to collect, archive and preserve their scholarly materials whilst showcasing it to a global and unrestricted audience.
ICS’ primary need for a repository was to allow them to continue to participate and submit theses and dissertations to the Library/Archives Canada (LAC) Theses Canada Portal. They also needed a way to preserve and communicate their journal Perspective as well as some of their archival ephemera and a mechanism to …
In 2009, Open Repository, a repository service from the open access publisher BioMed Central, partnered with the Health Services Executive (HSE) of Ireland, to provide the HSE’s repository service, LENUS.
LENUS is an open access Irish Health Repository, which stores theses and journal articles published by Health Services Executive, the former regional Health Boards, and HSE affiliated publications. To date the repository holds more than 13,000 items.
Open Repository and the HSE recently conducted a joint survey with their authors and researchers on the usage of LENUS to elicit information about who is using it, reasons for usage and how, in practice, they are using the …
As you may already be aware, Dame Janet Finch CBE recently released the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings report ‘Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications’, otherwise known as the Finch Report.
Open Repository is delighted that the report recognizes the role that open access plays in publishing, and the call for the further development of repositories in the academic arena in the future. The following outlines the report findings, and how we can help your institution support the green route to open access.
Developing the role of repositories in the UK
Whilst communicating research findings through journals and other …
The ALA Annual
Conference (ALA) was as lively as ever for the BioMed Central and Open Repository team. Stationed in a
booth next to the Springer stand, Bob Schatz (North American Sales Manager) and
Sana Mulla (Marketing Executive) welcomed a steady stream of attendees, some
from existing BioMed Central Member
institutes and others from interested parties.
On Saturday during the conference, a successful Open
Repository workshop was held representing libraries on four continents, which
provided attendees with a comprehensive overview
and analysis …
Open Repository is pleased to announce all customers have been upgraded to DSpace, version 1.8.
Benefits of the upgrade include:
• the ability to export communities and collections
• RSS feeds now support richer features, such as iTunes podcast and publishing to iTunesU
• supervisors and supervision orders
• open search functionality
• the ability for administrators to carry out more complex metadata editing in batches
Automatic upgrades are part of the service offered by Open Repository, enabling customers to concentrate on the management of content within their repositories, while quickly gaining the benefits of all the latest features.
When speaking about the upgrade, Bryan Vickery, Chief Operating Officer of BioMed Central said …
BioMed Central’s Open Repository recently exhibited at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas. Warm and sunny, it was a great change of scenery with excellent food!
In a climate of stretched budgets, attendance at the conference seemed low. However it was great that our representatives: Bob Schatz and Nish Thiru were kept very busy at the booth. It was also fantastic to see the support of open access from the attendees and for us to provide an opportunity to inform them about how Open Repository’s hosted solution could help them meet their green, open access needs.
Bob Schatz presented a very well-received workshop entitled Institutional Repositories and the Open Repository Solution. Examining the role repositories serve in institutions, …
Today Oxfam GB,
a leading international charity with a worldwide reputation for
excellence in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development work, has
adopted Open Repository’s enhanced DSpace hosted solution.
Oxfam began a project to create a website to handle their policy,
practice and research materials for professional audiences, they
realized there was no single, secure deposit location for their digital
assets on poverty and suffering worldwide. Hence, they decided to
implement a repository that could store their digital assets in multiple
formats, have simple search and deposit functions to suit users with no
background in repository use, and therefore enable Oxfam to showcase
their large and ever evolving …