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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

An OA repository on governance

Melissa Fraser, IGLOO Library, Special Info & Musings for Ottawa IM Professionals, May 7, 2007.  Fraser is the Content Services Specialist at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo.  Excerpt:

I would like to introduce you to an exciting new free resource on global governance issues: The IGLOO Library [from CIGI]. The IGLOO library is a completely digital, entirely open access online repository consisting of several unique collections on global governance issues. These collections were created to serve the needs of practitioners, researchers, academics, and students.

The Web Resources collection consists of an index of over 3 million websites on economics, international institutions, energy, international law, environment, peace & security, health, science & technology, humanitarian issues, and social & political development.

The Electronic Documents collection consists of over 5,000 PDF and word documents from our content partners. These content partners include research centres, universities, and non-governmental organizations such as the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), the Brookings Institutions, International Crisis Group, Overseas Development Group (ODI), and the Parliamentary Centre. Electronic copies of these documents are stored within the library to ensure continued access and are protected by a creative commons license....

The News collection provides access to headlines from over 300 international news sources....

The IGLOO library could also serve as a platform for you to preserve and share your documents. You can submit publications and links to the library for public access to gain exposure for your host organizationís work. We are a young library and have been developing our collection through the generous document sharing of content partners. We are always searching for new partners who can provide us with new materials for our collections and ideas for information dissemination and preservation....