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Monday, May 19, 2008

Irish green

The IREL-Open project has now officially launched.  (Thanks to OA@OCD.)  From the site:

Irish universities have received government funding to build open access institutional repositories in each Irish university and to develop a federated harvesting and discovery service via a national portal. It is intended that this collaboration will be expanded to embrace all Irish research institutions in the future.

This is a three-year project starting in April 2007, directed by the Irish Universities Association and managed by the Irish Universities Association Librarians' Group. An official statement on the project from the Irish Universities Association Librarian's Group [June 2007] is available here.

Comment.  Note the green OA momentum in Ireland from this month alone.  On May 1, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) adopted its exemplary OA mandate.  On May 13, the Science Foundation Ireland released its draft OA mandate (based on the IRSET OA mandate) for public comment.  And there are new institutional repositories at the Dublin Institute of Technology (the IR, our blog post) and the University of Limerick (the IR, our blog post).

Update.  Also see the IREL-Open brochure from the Irish Universities Association.

Update.  Here's a photo of the IREL-Open celebration.  (Thanks to Dublin City University.)