Aiding those in poverty: Oxfam GB partners with Open Repository

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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. 

When
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 …

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University of Derby internally launch their repository

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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 …

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Open Repository Releases OpenAthens SP

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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. …

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Open Repository in the USA: The University of Arizona’s repository

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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 …

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Virginia Henderson Library repository launched

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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 …

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Open Repository attends the RSP Conference and Software Exhibition

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I was very pleased to attend the Repositories and CRIS: working smartly together event that was held at the University of Nottingham last month.  The event  looked at the interaction of repositories and CRIS systems (Current Research Information Systems). 

It was a well attended and interactive event with some great presentations on the current status of repositories and CRIS solutions working together in the UK.  It also covered ‘home grown’ CRIS systems and the CERIF and CERIF4REF standards.  There were many different views within the room but the whole consensus was that we need to look at these integrations in readiness for the REF.

Open Repository has helped its clients through the RAE …

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Developer Challenge at OR11 in Austin

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At the recent Open Repositories 2011 conference in Austin, one of the highlights was the Developer Challenge sponsored by DevSCI and coordinated by Mahendra Mahey. Open Repository’s entry demonstrated how the RESTful API module for DSpace can harvest communities and collections in DSpace
and be browsed in real-time in Joomla. We also demonstrated the ability
to deposit via a combination of SWORD and the RESTful API from Joomla
into a selected repository collection, and based on the credentials, a
specific part of the workflow.

You can see our presentation here:

DevSci Challenge at OR 11
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Claire Bundy joins DCAT

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Claire Bundy, Open Repository Specialist, is the second member of the Open Repository Team to become a member of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT). Our service is a long-standing registered service provider for DuraSpace, and this further shows Open Repository’s commitment to helping to advance the DSpace software and developing resources/tools for DSpace users.  

The primary goals of DCAT are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. This also includes finding project groups or stakeholders who could work on the development of the features.

Claire’s other activities for DCAT will also include:

Monthly team teleconferences
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University of Bedfordshire adopts Open Repository

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Open Repository is pleased to announce the University of Bedfordshire as a new customer, and welcome them into the OR community.

The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county and has gained national recognition for its achievements in widening participation and teaching. The university has also established eight research institutes, which act to focus the research output of university staff, increase and support research quality and help communicate more widely its research achievements.  
We welcome the university both to the Open Repository and open access communities and will continue to work in partnership with them for their green open access needs. Keep referring to our blog …

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Open Repository Attends ALA 2011, New Orleans, 23 – 28 June 2011

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Well yet another fantastic event took place at the recent Annual ALA conference. Open Repository just had to attend again and of course, New Orleans is a beautiful city as well!

The Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the library community, bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, literacy experts and illustrators.  There are hundreds of programs spanning the hot topics and current issues affecting libraries and the communities they serve suitable for attendees from any size or type of library.

Open Repository had its own stand this year which was very well attended.  I had the pleasure of meeting with many librarians from all continents and all types of organizations to …

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