Monday, October 26, 2009

The Depot-- Repository for Those Without an Institutional Repository of their Own

International researchers at institutions lacking open access repositories can now use The Depot service to preserve open access to their scholarly papers, articles, and book chapters (e-prints). As part of the deposition process, researchers are alerted to the availability of local, more appropriate repositories, if they exist, by Depot's re-direct service, Repository Junction. As new, relevant repositories are created, Repository Junction will support the transfer of previously-deposited materials to the new repository. Created with initial funding by JISC, a major force in advancing open access data in the UK and worldwide, and hosted by EDINA, the JISC national academic data center based at the University of Edinburgh, The Depot was initially launched in 2007, and has now been re-launched in celebration of Open Access Week (Oct. 19 - 23, 2009). The Depot is OAI-compliant, allowing deposited e-prints to be 'harvested' by search engines, and other repositories, across the world. (Boston College researchers can use eScholarship@BC for open access deposition of their materials.)

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