Open Repository at SPARC 2010 in Baltimore


Open Repository recently sponsored the biennial SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 in Baltimore. A scenic harbor side location provided a pleasant backdrop for an interesting international gathering of repository professionals.

In addition to an interesting keynote by Michael Nielsen, quantum computation pioneer, there were sessions on open data, global repositories networks, the financial stability of archives and repository-based publishing services: strategies for success (or failure). The latter highlighted several initiatives of self-publishing, but might have been good to be balanced by a publisher’s point of view.

A very good summary of the event is available from David Rapp of, in his article ‘Open Data, Open Minds Highlight SPARC Digital Repository Meeting’.

Innovation Fair

A highlight of the conference were …

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New case study on e-space


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was awarded university status in 1992 and is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK with one of the most extensive education centers in Europe. With a history dating back 150 years they have world-leading research in sciences, arts, education and social sciences.

MMU partnered with Open Repository in 2006 in a project led by the Library Services, which saw the repository as a natural extension of its role of managing information and assisting scholarly communication. A paper on this project was sent to their Vice Chancellor stating that “MMU will take advantage of and build upon the open access developments by creating its own repository. In doing …

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Open Access Week 2010 includes 14 new open access mandates

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This year’s Open Access Week was the largest and most successful yet, with just under 900 participants from 94 countries! The aim of this global event was to open the public’s eyes to the benefits of open access in scholarly publishing and its impact on scientific progress across disciplines and society as a whole.

This year’s event included the Open Access Week Mandate Adoption Challenge, inviting institutions to announce their open access mandates and submit them to ROARMAP. The first mandate announced was from Teesside University for the launch of their repository, TeesRep, powered by Open Repository. It requires Teesside University researchers to deposit publicly available output of the University’s research into TeesRep, …

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Open Repository joins DuraSpace Registered Service Provider program


Open Repository is pleased to announce we are now a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider. DuraSpace is a not-for-profit organization that aims to establish partnerships with companies that provide support services to institutions using DSpace and Fedora digital repository software. Open Repository shares their commitment to ensure that current and future generations have access to our digital heritage.

Being a Registered Service Provider reflects Open Repository’s position as an active participant in the DSpace open source software community, and our commitment to providing expertise and technical consulting to enable customers to achieve their open access goals by providing digital repositories.

Bryan Vickery, COO of BioMed Central says, “BioMed Central, through its Open Repository service, …

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New Scopus Citation Count Tool from Open Repository


Open Repository can now display citation counts directly from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web research.

For any items with a DOI that are recognized by Scopus, citation counts can now appear dynamically on the metadata page for that item within the repository. Enhanced Open Repository customers can take advantage of this exciting new feature simply by obtaining an access key for the service from Scopus.

For more information about how this latest feature from Open Repository works in practice, please do get in touch.

Repository Transfer from EPrints to Open Repository


Any institution with an EPrints repository can now move over to Open Repository with ease and convenience.

The University of Arizona made the decision last year to move their Digital Library of Information Science & Technology repository from EPrints to Open Repository. Our experienced development team planned the transfer to minimise the inconvenience to the university.

This conversion was achieved by exporting all of the content out of their EPrints repository, reformatting the data, and uploading the collection on their Open Repository. This was done so that all of the University of Arizona’s metadata and full text files were retained, resulting in a very smooth transition.

This collection is now available to view

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2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, November 8-9, Baltimore

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Open Repository is pleased to be a sponsor at the 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting, which is taking place on November 8-9, 2010 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, U.S.A.

The North American SPARC meeting is a unique forum for diverse stakeholders, including librarians, technologists and research producers, to come together and consider how best to leverage the practices and policies that have proven successful in advancing repositories to date, as well as explore new challenges.

The event will feature an international selection of speakers, who will discuss:

Repository-based publishing services: Strategies for success (or failure)
Open data
Global repository networks
Making the case for financial sustainability

There will also be an Innovation Fair where participants will present, in …

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Open Repository Attends the 2010 IFLA Conference in Gothenburg


Well yet another fantastic conference took place at IFLA 2010 with the theme being ‘Open access to knowledge: promoting sustainable progress’. Open Repository just had to attend and of course, Gothenburg is a beautiful city to host the event as well!

The theme for the event was centered on the following:

Free access to knowledge, as important as freedom of speech
Accessibility for all, including the visually impaired and others with reading difficulties
Open and inclusive, no matter who you are or where you come from
Public domain, a place on the net or in a physical space, where people contribute and socially share content produced and owned as a public service
Open for ideas with user driven innovation, …

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Anglia Ruskin Launch their ARRO Open Access Repository


Anglia Ruskin University are one of the largest universities in the East of England, educating over 25,000 students including those in part-time education. They are one of the most significant suppliers of nurses and teachers to the professions, offering an ever-expanding range of contemporary courses designed to meet the needs of the individual and the requirements of a knowledge-based economy. The institute has a clear and exciting vision for developing its research, scholarship and knowledge transfer; one that is committed to the enhancement of social, cultural and economic well-being of the region with many committed researchers of international standing.

The university wanted a centralized archiving solution via a cost-effective repository, to cover their staff and …

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Open Repository Workshop at ALA 2010

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Open Repository recently hosted a repository workshop at the American Library Association Conference 2010 in Washington D.C., titled Developing A Repository: The Library’s Journey.

The workshop discussed the history of institutional repositories, developments in the open access movement and the growing need for organizations to have their own institutional repository. A case study of a library’s journey in developing and implementing a repository was also included.

The slides from this presentation are now available to view online. If you would like any further information about how Open Repository can help your organization implement a repository solution, please do not hesitate to get in touch