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OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories

Posted by Marcus Zillman

OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories

The OpenDOAR service is being developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. This will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information. OpenDOAR is building a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, as well as archives set up by funding agencies – like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. Users of the service are able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures. This can be of use both to users wishing to find original research papers and for third-party “service providers”, like search engines or alert services, which need easy to use tools for developing tailored search services to suit specific user communities. Each of the OpenDOAR repositories has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded. This in-depth approach gives a quality-controlled list of repository features. In addition, while reviewing these archives, project staff are building a picture of the world-wide development of open access repositories, noting new features and directions. This information is being analysed to create the next version of the listing, with further information and categories being noted for each repository. In the meantime, the current list will continue to grow as new repositories are added. The project is a joint collaboration between the University of Nottingham in the UK and the Lund University in Sweden. Both institutions are active in supporting Open Access development. Lund operates the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which is known throughout the world. Nottingham leads SHERPA, an institutional repository partnership that has helped establish Open Access archives in 20 leading UK research universities. Nottingham also runs the SHERPA/RoMEO database, which is used worldwide as a reference for publisher’s copyright policies. This has been added to Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources White Paper. This will be added to Academic Resources 2006 Internet MiniGuide. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has been added to Directory Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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