Open Repository joins the DSpace Community Advisory Team


Michael Guthrie, Manager of the Open Repository service, has recently become a member of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT). This 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 in JIRA, 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.

Open Repository’s first Saudi Arabian Repository: KAUST


King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) is a new international university based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  With more than 60 nationalities of students, faculty and staff, its 36 square kilometer campus has cutting-edge laboratory and research facilities. Their mission is to advance science and technology through bold and collaborative research whilst educating scientific and technological leaders.

The launch of this repository with Open Repository will enable KAUST to capture and showcase their institute’s research and provide a centrally located, searchable index that can be showcased worldwide.

We welcome KAUST both to the Open Repository and open access communities and look forward to working in partnership with them for their green open access needs.

BioMed Central attends Gulf SLA-AGC


I was pleased to be in attendance at the Gulf SLA-AGC conference last month in Muscat, Oman. Hosted in the opulent surroundings of the Al-Bustan Hotel, it really did set the scene and provided an amazing backdrop for the two and a half day event.

I gave a 20 minute introduction to open access and information on how institutions can comply with open access mandates, implement open access at their institutions and follow the green route through setting up an institutional repository. The slides are now available to view here.

The presentation was well received and afterwards many people had questions on how exactly this could work at their institutions. Open access is still in its infancy …

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University of Derby’s UDORA Briefing Day


The University of Derby recently had their very well attended Pilot Project Briefing Day, informing their researchers about their new UDORA repository. The day was hosted by Richard Finch, Academic Services Manager for the University Library and Melanie Keady, E-Resources Development Manager.

It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at the event and present the benefits of an open access repository for the university and individual researchers.  The presentation was  followed by an in-depth demonstration of the functionality of UDORA and the service they could expect to receive from Open Repository.

Copyright issues and publisher’s policies had been identified as a primary concern for participants prior to the briefing day. Therefore, presentations …

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Open Repository Attends the DINI/Helmholtz Workshop


Open Repository had great pleasure to be invited to present at a Helmholtz open access workshop in cooperation with the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI), hosted by Humboldt University Berlin.

About DINI

The development of modern information and communication technology requires a change in the information infrastructure of universities and other research institutions. The German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI) was established to promote and manage this change, including through agreements, cooperation, recommendations and standards.

The Workshop was well attended by representatives of German universities and research institutes and was an opportunity to share best practice and hear initiatives of the institutional repositories that are well established there.  Further information is available here.

Open Repository hosted …

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Irish Health Research Seminar: Collaboration and Partnership for Progress


The Health Services in Ireland deliver thousands of different health and social services in hospitals and communities across the country, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In November they ran a well attended one day seminar at the Health Services Executive (HSE)  Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin, to explore research taking place in the Irish health sector. It also included presentations from practitioners, policy makers and librarians.

The aims of the seminar were to:

Raise awareness of research in health that takes place outside of the academic setting.
Foster collaboration between the academic and broader health sector.
Promote existing Irish health research.
Profile the role of librarians in facilitating and supporting researchers.

Back in 2008, the HSE partnered with Open …

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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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