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 …
The University of Derby, UK, recently held an event introducing its research department to UDORA, the University’s repository.
Philip Plowden, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, was the main speaker along with the Head of Research, Professor Paul Bridges. They spoke on the benefits of open access and institutional repositories for the institute, researchers, the library and the general public as a whole.
The day was hosted by Richard Finch, Academic Services Manager for the University Library and the repository team: Melanie Keady, E-Resources Development Manager; Tim Peacock, E-Resources & Interlending Administrator and Val Wilkins, Resource and Metadata Librarian who have all contributed to making UDORA a success.
It was a pleasure to be at the event and to speak …
Open Repository, the enhanced DSpace hosted service from
BioMed Central has always worked with institutes to provide LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) to enable
access and maintain a distributed directory service for accessing individual
repositories. Directory services provide
an organized set of records, often with a hierarchical structure, enabling the
need for a ‘Single Sign-On’ for all solutions held within an organization,
without the need for individual solution log-in details.
I am pleased to announce that this service has been
extended for OpenAthens
SP (Service Provider). OpenAthens SP
is a standard compliant platform which enables users to securely manage access
to all the solutions held within their organization via a Single Sign-On portal. …
Open Repository is pleased to announce its first institutional US customer, the University of Arizona.
As a premier public research university, the University of Arizona’s Campus Repository, managed by the University Libraries, supports the dissemination of campus intellectual output by collecting, archiving and preserving scholarly materials produced by campus faculty and researchers, as well as showcasing the materials to an unrestricted audience on a global scale.
The University Libraries sought a hosted solution for the Campus Repository because they wanted to benefit from the experience and expertise the Open Repository staff had with DSpace technology. By implementing the Open Repository service, the Libraries now have a uniquely customized, reliable and cost-effective repository …
The Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library (VHL) is the latest Open Repository customer to have launched their repository at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Biennial Convention in Texas last Saturday, 29th October.
STTI offers nurses, in all roles around the globe, online access to reliable nursing information that can be easily utilized and shared. Recent advances in Internet technologies and wider policies regarding mandatory open access to published articles influenced STTI’s decision to expand their online Registry of Nursing Research abstract database into a new, full-text service.
Margie Wilson, Library Manager at STTI stated “When looking to enhance our system, we found that the Open Repository system offered by BioMed Central provided …