Most of you might be wondering how you can share your scholarly works. For you here is the answer. It is MyOpenArchive, an individual Open Access Repository a.k.a iR.
The scholars can now share their scholarly materials like journal article, thesis, bulletins, books, book chapter and all the grey literature which is difficult to trace via conventional channels but is very important.
On MyOpenArchive, using either twitter or facebook login one can easily upload his/her material. Once submitted, the materials are disseminated in the world-wide-web using other social and scholarly networks! The popular reference manager and academic social network Mendeley has now web importer for MyOpenArchive.
The MyOpenArchive was founded in September 2007 by Keita Bando, as an international not for profit organization for advocating Open Access and promoting self-archiving (Green OA) platform to enable better knowledge sharing in a way to make world better for everyone. As one of the goals of MyOpenArchive is also to advocate Open Access, the Open Access India had become partner with it and advocating about same. Now the members of the Open Access India community who have no access to institutional repositories can use this individual repository platform for sharing the scholarly outputs to the to the world socially. The MyOpenArchive now has become very popular on social networking that in Nature Jobs blog post on A to Z of social media for academics at the letter ‘M‘, MyOpenArchive is listed!!
Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS).
An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution (INASP, 2013). According to ROAR, there are 3,340 and as per OpenDOAR, there are 2,255 institutional repositories in the world and out of which 87 are in agriculture, food and veterinary (OpenDOAR, 2013).
Most of these repositories are build either by DSpace or Eprints which are Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These software are compatible with Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and make the meta-data of the records easily available to the machines and makes the contents available when queried in any web search engines.
Therefore, when the institutional repositories are built and populated with the intellectual digital products, the user would get the access to the information and no matter where the information is housed. When these records use the tags like AgroTagger or vocabulary like AGROVOC which is Linked Open Data (LOD), all queried records and along with all the related data would become available. This system in practice and the will and consent of the author along with the proper archiving and sharing polices, the institutions can build Global Research Commons.
Today is the last date of the year 2012 which is the completion year of BOAI’s decade. Ten years back on 14th February 2002, Budapest Open Access Initiative was released. Today it has 5719 individual and 651 organisations endorsement. The ten recommendations of BOAI says that open access communities wherever possible should look for ways to coordinate activities and communications in order to make better use of their resources, should reach out to academic colleagues and campaign for open access to research articles and articulate more clearly, with more evidence that open access for publicly-funded research benefits taxpayers and increases the return on investment in research.
Now, we the Open Access India community members are stepping into the year 2013 and let us all take a resolution that in the new year 2013, we would make our research openly available, convince others to make their research public either through open access journals or open access institutional repositories. Many of us are members of one or the other scholarly societies which are publishing scholarly journals. Lets join our efforts to make use of the Free and Open Source Software which are available for launching open access journals or establishing open access repositories. As it is said, its the will and consent of the author is required for the Open Access, so lets make this year 2013 as Open Access Year 2013.
The publisher copyright and self-archiving repository SHERPA/RoMEO says that 67% of publishers allow some form of self-archiving. However, when we look at the data on ROAR we have 2.95% of world repositories are established in India. This shows that there is a need to increase the number of institutional repositories in India. When about 569 universities and equal or more number institutes which are into research and development are established in India, only 94 institutional repositories from India on ROAR means very less. There is a need for greater advocacy for opening up of the access to data and information produced by both public and private funded research projects for the public good. The National Knowledge Commission had already made its recommendations for Open Access and there is availability of free and open source software for managing the repositories and making available the records for easy query and access, there should not be any reason for not establishing the scholarly repositories for public good. There are some scholarly social networking sites like Academia, MyOpenArchive and ResearchGate using which many of the students and researchers are sharing their research outputs. Therefore, the institutes/universities should formulate their policy towards Opening Up of Access to Data and Information for Public Good.