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Monday, July 07, 2008

Update on India's IR project

India's publicly-funded project to support OA repositories at Indian universities has now launched 10 pilot repositories:

One of the objectives of this project is to help the academic and research institutions of national importance to set up their interoperable, open access repositories. For the present, the following pilot IRs have been set up by with the initial technical support of the project team. Several other institutions have been contacted and we are hopeful that few more repositories will come up in the near future.

The project is not new, but I notice that I've never blogged background information on it.  It's funded by India's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and carried out by the National Centre for Science Information (NCSI) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).  It includes the CASSIR cross-archiving search engine for Indian repositories, which launched in February 2007.  I can't find a home page for the project, at least under what appears to be its official name, Development of OAI-Based Institutional Research Repository Services in India, but here's a description of it from the DSIR page on the Technology Information Facilitation Programme (last revised April 28, 2008):

There has been a growing realization that with the growth of internet use, the printed journals may no more be able to survive as a primary means of scholarly communication. The electronic medium offers faster, wider and cheaper means of communication as compared to the printed medium. It is therefore proposed to support Open Archive Initiative of journal articles published in India. Academic and Research Institutions would be encouraged to set up institutional or national open archives in particular disciplines - covering disciplines in which India has strength like mathematics, statistics, and geo-science, etc....