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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

OpenDoar milestone: more than 1,000 repositories

OpenDOAR now includes 1000 repositories, a press release from JISC, November 21, 2007.  Excerpt:

SHERPA has announced that its OpenDOAR directory, which contains an authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, now boasts 1000 repository entries from across the globe.

With each of the repositories listed by the OpenDOAR service having been visited by project staff, the gathered information is both accurate and precise, and contains a quality-controlled list of repository features....

As OpenDOAR forms a major quality target resource for services such as Intute RS (Repository Search) and the Depot, 1000 entries is, say SHERPA staff, a significant step forward in enabling the global virtual repository network to cooperate in new and innovative ways....

Comment.  The first layer of good news here is that OpenDOAR is more comprehensive than ever before.  The second and more important layer of good news is that more and more institutions are launching OA repositories.  Kudos to all involved --at OpenDOAR and at all IR-hosting institutions worldwide.