An open-access repository
or open archive
is a digital platform that holds research output and provides free, immediate and permanent access to research results for anyone to use, download and distribute. To facilitate open access
such repositories must be interoperable
according to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
(OAI-PMH). Search engines
harvest the content of open access repositories, constructing a database of worldwide, free of charge available research.
The benefits of open-access repositories are:
- Opening up outputs of the institution to a worldwide audience;
- Maximizing the visibility and impact of these outputs as a result;
- Showcasing the institution to interested constituencies – prospective staff, prospective students and other stakeholders;
- Collecting and curating digital output;
- Managing and measuring research and teaching activities;
- Providing a workspace for work-in-progress, and for collaborative or large-scale projects;
- Enabling and encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to research;
- Facilitating the development and sharing of digital teaching materials and aids, and
- Supporting student endeavours, providing access to theses and dissertations and a location for the development of e-portfolios.
- ^ Jacobs, Neil (2006). Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects. Elsevier. p. 11. ISBN 9781843342038.
- ^ Swan, Alma. "Open Access institutional repositories: A Briefing Paper (2009)" (PDF). Open Scholarship. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- ^ "OpenDOAR Chart - Usage%20of%20Open%20Access%20Repository%20Software%20-%20Worldwide". OpenDOAR. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
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