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Sunday, July 29, 2007

OA at Complutense

Manuela Palafox, Antonio Moreno, and Eugenio Tardon, Complutense Library: The digital collections in open access, a presentation at OAI5, the CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (Geneva, April 18-20, 2007).  Self-archived July 29, 2007. 

Abstract:   The Library of the Complutense University of Madrid began to work in projects of digital preservation in the middle of the decade of 1990. The first project that started up was the “Biblioteca Digital Dioscórides”, in collaboration with the Foundation Sciences of the Health and the GlaxoSmithKline laboratories. The main objective was to offer public access to an historical collection, of great value for the history of science and the humanities. It is an open project and we continued digitizing book. The image that appears next describes the digital collections of the Complutense Library in open access in Internet: the “Biblioteca Digital Dioscórides” with 2,661 books from XVIth century to XIXth century and around 40,000 engravings; the “Archivo Institucional E-prints Complutense”, institutional repository according to protocol OAI-PMH contains near 4,000 e-prints of which around 3,600 are theses of the Complutense University. Finally, we have digitized all articles of the collection of the scientific serials published by the Complutense University (65 serials), that can be consulted in the “Portal de revistas científicas Complutense”. In September 2006 the Complutense University signed an agreement to Google to digitize our books that are in the public domain and no longer under copyright. The project will dramatically increase Internet access to he holdings of Complutense University Library, from Google Book Search and from Library Web.