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OpenDOAR surveys over 1000 sites and releases new features

OpenDOAR, as a SHERPA project, is pleased to be able to announce an increase in the repositories it lists - and an even larger increase in repositories surveyed (now over 1000). We hope that this distinction will help to establish one of the key features of OpenDOAR of actually surveying repositories and not just auto-harvesting or pinging them. The fact that we are declining about 25% of surveyed sites is a measure of the value of a quality-assured approach. This reject rate is across all of the sites we look at, from exisiting lists, suggestions we receive and our own discoveries: measured against the holdings of other lists, this rejection rate can rise to over 35%.

This also announces the release of the Tools that we have been working on to help repository administrators define re-use policies for the repository holdings. These tools are available from the OpenDOAR site

There is also a new section of OpenDOAR which gives a simple list of repositories, broken down by continent and country.

We are also proud that a conference paper from August of this year reporting on a project undertaken by John Hopkins University. This surveyed 23 seperate listings of Open Access repositories and found that OpenDOAR "stands out as the leader among the directories identified".

To quote from their abstract:

"At its 2005 business meeting in Oslo, the Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBLS) agreed that an international directory of institutional repositories would be a useful tool for IFLA. Members suggested that it could be mined and monitored for growth in numbers of repositories, their collections and content development, the services they provide, their acceptance and use by scholars, and their impact on scholarship.

With that in mind, HBLS funded Johns Hopkins to 1) identify existing directories, and, for those found, 2) to describe their scope, record structure and updating mechanisms. In this paper, we will describe the results of our research. One directory, the University of Nottingham’s OpenDOAR, stands out as the leader among the directories identified, particularly for the purposes envisioned at the Section’s 2005 business meeting."

There is a Press Release available giving more details (Friday 15th September 2006).

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