Opportunities and challenges of establishing open access repositories: a case study of OpenMED@NIC
Singh, Sukhdev; Pandita, Naina and Dash, Shefali S. (2008) Opportunities and challenges of establishing open access repositories: a case study of OpenMED@NIC. Trends and Strategic Issues for Librarians in Global Information Society: ICCSR Sponsored Seminar, March 18,19, 2008, Organized by Department of Library and Information Science, Panjab University Chandigarh. pp. 98-104.
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National Informatics Centre had established a subject repository in May 2005. It is meant for Medical and Allied Sciences and named as OpenMED@NIC <http://openmed.nic.in>. It has MeSH® based subject categorization and this makes it one of its own kind. Taking OpenMED@NIC as a case – this paper discusses key issues in establishing and maintaining an open access repository. Librarians and information science professionals can play active role in providing access and exposure to quality research and academic content generated in their institutions. Mature and standard open sources softwares are now available for setting up repositories. Libraries can install one of these on existing institutional or library servers to setup repositories. However to ensure better access and faster response time dedicated hardware and reliable connectivity would be required. Librarians and information science professional can play important role in exposing intellectual content produced by their organizations. They can take of various roles like – generating awareness among staff, researchers and students about benefits of self arching in institutional or subject repositories; training them in uploading their articles and other documents in such repositories; acting as meta-data editors and repositories managers. Establishing a repository, administrating and inviting authors to deposit their articles and other works in it is golden opportunity available to librarians and information science professionals. This opportunity should be grabbed with open hands.
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