OpenDOAR repository listing

From: Bill Hubbard <Bill.Hubbard_at_NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 12:57:36 +0000

Dear Colleagues,

The JISC-supported project OpenDOAR - the Directory of Open Access Repositories - is pleased to announce the release of its primary listing of open access archives, available from

Each of the repositories listed in OpenDOAR have been visited by project staff to check the information that is gathered. 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 newly released list will continue to grow as new repositories are added.

The Press Release on this development is available from this link:



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OpenDOAR is a joint collaboration between the University of Nottingham in the UK and Lund University in Sweden. Both institutions are active in open access initiatives. Lund operates the Directory of Open Access Journals (, which is known throughout the world. Nottingham leads SHERPA, and runs the SHERPA/RoMEO database, which is used worldwide as a reference for publisher's copyright policies. Staff at Lund University Libraries have created the initial OpenDOAR technical set-up and carried out repository review and classification. OpenDOAR builds on open access work done by other researchers and projects to record and list repositories. Among others, thanks go to the Public Knowledge Project, and the universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southampton.

OpenDOAR is jointly funded by four agencies, led by the international Open Society Institute (OSI). The UK higher education funding committee, JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) has provided support, along with funding from the UK-based Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) and from SPARCEurope - an alliance of European research libraries, library organisations, and research institutions.

Lars Bjørnshauge
Director of Libraries
Lund University Libraries
Box 134
S 221 00

Phone: +46 (0) 46 222 9203
Fax: +46 (0) 46 222 3682

Bill Hubbard
SHERPA Manager
Information Services
King's Meadow Campus
University of Nottingham
Lenton Lane

Phone: +44 (0) 115 846 7657
Fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8244

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