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

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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

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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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Repositories: Big Impact – Small Budget!! at ALA MidWinter 2014

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A reminder that Open Repository, along with colleagues from BioMed Central and Papers, will be exhibiting at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting (booth #668), which takes in Philadelphia from January 24-28 2014.

Open Repository will also be hosting a workshop at ALA Midwinter, entitled ‘Repositories: Big Impact – Small Budget!!’ on 26th Jan from 10:30 to 12:30. During this workshop we will share our knowledge of the challenges faced by libraries, open access and repository communities during the present economic climate. If you are interested in attending, please email: workshop@biomedcentral.com to secure your place.

The Workshop will take place at  Pennsylvania Convention Centre (Room 104B) Sunday 26 th January 2014 10:30am – 12:30pm. Breakfast buffet provided. 

Open Repository builds, hosts and customizes enhanced, DSpace repositories …

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Visit Open Repository at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting!

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Open Repository (along with colleagues from BioMed Central and Papers ) will be exhibiting at the upcoming ALA Midwinter  meeting (booth #668), which takes in Philadelphia from January  24-28 2014.

Open Repository will also be holding a workshop at this conference entitled ‘Repositories: Big Impact – Small Budget’ 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: workshop@biomedcentral.com before 13 Jan 2014 to secure your place.

Open Repository announces new US client (The Five Colleges of Ohio)

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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!

Open Repository introduces new User-Interface along with DSpace v3.2 upgrade

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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 …

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Open Repository Announces Launch of Institute for Christian Studies’ (ICS) Repository

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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 …

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Open Repository and the Health Services Executive Release the HSE Survey Results

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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 …

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