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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Twitter channels for OA repositories

Les Carr reports that the Southampton ECS repository has been tweeting new deposits since June 2008.  He also shows how to set up a Twitter channel in any EPrints repository.  Eloy Rodrigues reports that the Minho IR (running DSpace) has started tweeting new deposits. 

Comment.  You may not need to know about new repository deposits while doing your laundry.  But neither do you have to follow repository channels in real time.  The brevity of deposit announcements is a perfect fit with the brevity of tweets.  There's no reason why generalized alert services couldn't record your interests, harvest repository deposits and journal TOCs (or integrate with ticTOCs), and tweet you across the range of resources in your field.