OpenDepot.org – Worldwide Open Access Research Output
The purpose of OpenDepot.org is to ensure that all academics worldwide can share in the benefits of making their research output Open Access. For those whose universities and organisations have an online repository, OpenDepot.org makes them easy to find. For those without a local repository, including unaffilitiated researchers, the OpenDepot is a place of deposit, available for others to harvest. They have tried to make OpenDepot.org easy or researchers and authors to use. It technical terms, OpenDepot.org does the following: a) accepts deposit of e-prints from researchers at institutions that do not currently have an Institutional Repository (IR). The principal target is postprints, that is articles that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication; b) as Institutional Repositories (IRs) are established, OpenDepot.org will support the transfer of relevant content to help populate those new IRs; c) an OAI-compliant interface, so, like other open access repositories, its contents is available for harvesting; and d) re-directs depositors to an appropriate Institutional Repository (IR). Like the Depot, which is an earlier version of OpenDepot.org, they use OpenDOAR and ROAR as the source for information about available repositories worldwide, and they use ROMEO as a source of information about publisher polices. The re-direct function uses technology being developed alongside the JISC-funded OA Repository Junction project, which is providing machine-to-machine mechanism for deposit into multiple institutional repositories. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources white paper.