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Open Access: Repositories: Rhodes University Digital Commons & Other Examples

Resources and Information about the Open Access Movement

Selected repository directories

OpenSALDRU Publications Repository

The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit digital repository collections contain publications from research conducted within the research unit.

Disciplinary/Subject repositories

The Seals Digital Commons

The SEALS Digital Commons contains the digital collections of the academic institutions in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

In 1998 the South East Academic Libraries System (SEALS) was established by the academic libraries as an informal academic library forum in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. SEALS became a formal academic library consortium in 1999, with the vision to create a virtual library for the Eastern Cape. The member libraries are from the Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, and Walter Sisulu University.

Rhodes Hosted Journals / Open Journal Systems at Rhodes University

In 2016 Rhodes University Library implemented the Rhodes Hosted Journals service. The Rhodes Hosted Journals service complements the Seals Digital Commons in that together these systems provide an established platform for scholarly communication.

                 Southern African Journal of Gerontology

The Rhodes Hosted Journals service runs on the Open Journal System System (OJS), a journal management system developed by PKP (Public Knowledge Project).  The service is intended to improve and expand access to research and to support scholarly journal publication processes by optimising article level discovery (linked data environment, including link resolvers, indices and harvesters).

Keep on Populating - ​Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories

Repositories are a vital element of the scholarly communication infrastructure. However, the community needs to work hard to get the actual content.

This report describes a number of profiles of sustainable practices for populating repositories. The practices described here are based on a review of repository activities around the world, and represent a variety of institutional and jurisdictional contexts.

The practices fall into three broad categories:

  • Incentives: promoting the benefits of repositories through advocacy and metrics, as well as the adoption of policies/mandates that require deposit;
  • Integration: amalgamating repository services with other institutional services like research information systems and research biographies;
  • Mediation: implementing tools, workflows, and agreements that ease and simplify the deposit process.

The repository community was born out of an environment of cooperation, openness and innovation. The practices profiled here reflect these traditions and represent creative approaches to staffing, imaginative software developments, and adoption of novel policies.

Read the Report Here:

Measuring Value in Open Access Repositories

Measuring Value in Open Access Repositories

Meredith Wisner (Pratt Institute)

Open access institutional repositories were created to promote access to information, encourage scholarly communication, and demonstrate institutional prestige. While these repositories have been widely adopted, the quality of their contents often fails to represent their institution’s scholarly output. Moreover, current research uses measurements of quantity, not quality, to assess their value. In response, this article opens new areas of scholarly inquiry by assessing the quality of contents. This is accomplished through a cross-sectional study of repositories at American colleges...


About The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

The World Bank’s new Open Access Policy (effective July 1, 2012), and the OKR will both improve access to those who regularly use World Bank research outputs and knowledge products as well as increase the range of people who can now access Bank content—from governments and civil society organizations (CSOs), to students and the general public.

By extending and improving access to World Bank research, the World Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to use Bank knowledge to develop solutions to development problems that will help improve the lives of poor people around the world.

Open Access Mandates / Requirements

A growing number of academic institutions around the world have enacted policies to require the deposit of journal articles and other scholarly works to their institutional repositories. These policies can be adopted at departmental, faculty or institutional levels. ROARMAP provides a collection of links to such policies.

New Open Access Repository (OAR) UNESCO

An Open Door to UNESCO's Knowledge

UNESCO has launched its Open Access Repository (OAR) making more than
300 on-line books, reports, and articles freely available. The OAR
will operate under a new open licensing system developed by the
Creative Commons organization specifically for intergovernmental
agencies (From UNESCO).

In line with its mission of knowledge sharing, UNESCO is responsible for transferring to society all its achievements and findings that foster social development. Through the Open Access Publications portal, UNESCO maintains its efforts to provide access to information to a broad public so that scientific knowledge the Organization produces can be useful to as many people as possible. - See more at: