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 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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, …