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About MyOpenArchive – An Individual’s Repository


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!!

Growth of Open Access Journals in India

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Open Access Journals in India

This post is about the growth of Open Access Journals in India with more emphasis on agriculture and allied subjects. We can see that immediately after Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), the Indian Academy of Sciences made all its journals Open Access. To this list Medknow also added few of its journals and till the year 2005 only medical journals were added to the DOAJ. From 2005-06, other subject journals were also listed in the directory.

Only during 2007, the first agricultural journal which was added is Journal of Tropical Agriculture which is the official publication of Kerala Agricultural University. In 2008, NISCAIR added its journals and from agriculture, the ICRISAT‘s Journal of SAT Agricultural ResearchMadras Agricultural Journal from MASU.

The year of 2010 has the highest number of journals added to the directory in which Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants is the first journal to be added from a scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute.  And in 2012, Indian Phytopathology is another journal to be added from the scholarly society housed at an ICAR institute. However, there are other Open Access journals like Indian Journal of Agricultural SciencesIndian Journal of Animal Sciences which are ICAR publications hosted at e-pubs platform of ICAR and Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Journal of Fisheries etc which are not added into the directory. Hope they would soon be added for the benefit of public good. It’s good to note that India ranks 4th in the world in list of Open Access journals after United States, Brazil and United Kingdom.

R.I.P. Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz

We lost a great Open Access campaigner and Freedom hacktivist Aaron Swartz on Jan 11, 2013. Lets pay  rich tribute to  him online by posting our papers (using #pdftribute).

Australian Research Council Announces Open Access Policy 2013

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC),  a statutory agency within the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio has introduced open access policy for ARC funded research which takes into effect from 1 January 2013. With the mission to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community, the ARC’s Open Access Policy is being implemented to ensure that the findings of publicly funded research are made available to the wider public as soon as possible.

The policy says that the ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication. Even if the article is openly accessible via the publisher’s website or via a service, it should also be submitted to your institutional repository. This ensures, the availability of the articles at the Australian Institutional Repositories.

We hope that in future all the Research and Development funding agencies in India too formulate their Open Access Policies for making available all the public funded research to the wider public. Similar to the Open Data Portal of India, a common portal of all the Institutional Repositories may soon be established.

Building Institutional Repositories for Global Research Commons | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

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.

Source: http://aims.fao.org/community/open-access/blogs/building-institutional-repositories-global-research-commons

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