Open Access in Argentinien

Diese Meldung ist schon ein bißchen älter, aber bisher an mir vorbeigegangen: Der argentinische Kongress hat im November ein Gesetz verabschiedet, dass die Open-Access-Veröffentlichung aller Publikationen vorschreibt, die innerhalb oder gefördert vom Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva entstehen. Dazu im Nature-Blog:

The bill would also require publication of primary data from such studies within five years. The country’s National Digital Repository System, founded in 2009, will create a common system for accessing all data and publications subject to the law.

Im dazugehörigen Repository-Netzwerk finden sich zur Zeit mehr als 10.000 Dokumente aus vier Repositorien. [1] Darunter drei deutschsprachige von Albert Einstein!?

Siehe auch IP-Watch und UB-Bielefeld-Blog.


Institutionelle Repositorien in Spanien

The situation of open access institutional repositories in Spain: 2009 report von Remedios Melero, Ernest Abadal, Francisca Abad und Josep Manel Rodríguez-Gairín.

Introduction. The DRIVER I project drew up a detailed report of European repositories based on data gathered in a survey in which Spain’s participation was very low. This created a highly distorted image of the implementation of repositories in Spain. This study aims to analyse the current state of Spanish open-access institutional repositories and to describe their characteristics.
Method. The data were gathered through a Web survey. The questionnaire was based on that used by DRIVER I: coverage; technical infrastructure and technical issues; institutional policies; services created; and stimulators and inhibitors for establishing, filling and maintaining their digital institutional repositories.
Analysis. Data were tabulated and analysed systematically according responses obtained from the questionnaire and grouped by coverage.
Results. Responses were obtained from 38 of the 104 institutions contacted, which had 29 institutional repositories. This represents 78.3% of the Spanish repositories according to the BuscaRepositorios directory. Spanish repositories contained mainly full-text materials (journal articles and doctoral theses) together with metadata. The software most used was DSpace, followed by EPrints. The metadata standard most used was Dublin Core. Spanish repositories offered more usage statistics and fewer author-oriented services than the European average. The priorities for the future development of the repositories are the need for clear policies on access to scientific production based on public funding and the need for quality control indicators.
Conclusions.This is the first detailed study of Spanish institutional repositories. The key stimulants for establishing, filling and maintaining were, in order of importance, the increase of visibility and citation, the interest of decision-makers, simplicity of use and search services. On the other hand the main inhibitors identified were the absence of policies, the lack of integration with other national and international systems and the lack of awareness efforts among academia.

Umfrage zu DRIVER

DRIVER invites all European researchers to comment on the DRIVER portal and search service

DRIVER is building an infrastructure of digital repositories across Europe ( It currently harvests the content of repositories from 23 European countries allowing retrieval of a wealth of Open Access research materials.

New services and features are being developed by DRIVER such as discipline-specific formats and communities, so you could help the shaping of these new communication tools.

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