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Thursday, November 01, 2007

An OA repository for Canada's National Research Council

Alison Ball, Pilot project to provide open access to NRC publications, CIST News, Summer 2007.  (Thanks to Heather Morrison.)  Excerpt:

One research organization, one gateway for information. This is the goal of a new pilot project to demonstrate the viability of an NRC Publications Archive. This archive would establish an NRC-wide approach to managing and providing seamless access to NRC's scientific contributions, which translate to about 3,700 papers each year from 20 NRC institutes and 5 technology centres.

Called NPArC (pronounced N-Park) for short, the two-year, CISTI-funded pilot will offer public access to NRC publications from seven NRC institutes. Open-access search engines like Google Scholar will also be able to access the publications.

The institutes participating in the project include the Institute for Research in Construction (IRC), the Institute for National Measurement Standards (INMS), the Institute for Information Technology (IIT) and the Institute for Aerospace Research (IAR), which have publications databases; and the Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology (ICPET), the Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute (IMTI) and the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS), which do not....

[T]he project will be a first step in making NRC's publications more accessible to the scientific community, as well as the general public.

PS:  Apparently NPArC is not yet online.  I'll blog the URL as soon as it is.