Institutional Repositories – links and resources

Repository support, guidelines, organizations and directories

SPARC Europe Resources
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
Support for establishing repositories
  • COAR: The Confederation of Open Access Repositories is a not-for-profit association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. It aims to enhance greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories.  SPARC Europe is a partner of COAR
  • Policy-making for Research Data in Repositories: A Guide: A decision-making and planning tool for institutions with digital repositories that are considering adding research data to their digital collections. An output of the JISC-funded DISC-UK DataShare project
  • RSP: Repositories Support Project is a JISC-funded initiative to provide support for the growth and development of repositories. Although focussed on the UK the resources should be of interest to anybody starting and maintaining a repository.
  • SPARC (America and Europe): provide advocacy tools, services and webinars to support the implementation process.
Directories to find repositories
  • BASE: BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) enables searching over 1000 selected content sources and 16 million scholarly documents, including many full text archives, accessible through the international protocol of the Open Archives Initiative (
  • OAIster : A search engine from the University of Michigan that harvests metadata from repositories and allows readers to perform seamless searches across all repositories. Currently, over 20 million records have been harvested from over 1100 repositories.
  • OpenDOAR: An authoritative listing of over 1200 academic open access repositories. In addition, OpenDOAR provides tools and support to improve the quality of the repository infrastructure. Sponsored in part by SPARC Europe
  • Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR): A list of repositories maintained by Southampton University, including growth data.
Repository infrastructures
  • DART Europe: The DART-Europe portal provides access to growing amount of full-text research theses from 300 universities sourced from 19 European countries.
  • OpenAIRE: OpenAIRE is the repository infrastructure project which supports the European Commission Open Access Pilot.
Other resources and links
  • SHERPA: The UK’s project to encourage repository use in the research-intensive universities. A content-rich site that provides tools to help set-up , maintain, and fill institutional repositories Building Repositories: There are a number of options for an institution wanting to build a repository. They can use open source or proprietary software. They can outsource to a third-party provider. They can go it alone or they can collaborate with other institutions to share expertise and costs. Some examples are given here.
  • Citebase Search: ‘Citebase Search is a semi-autonomous citation index for the free, online research literature. It harvests pre- and post- prints (most author self-archived) from OAI-PMH compliant archives, parses and links their references and indexes the metadata in a search engine.’
  • OpenAIRE Orphan Repository: If you have no access to an OpenAIRE compliant Repository, an institutional repository or a subject repository, this repository enables you to deposit your article according to the EC Open Access Pilot and ERC Mandate.
  • The Depot: The UK has created a resource that allows all UK researchers to deposit their academic papers and other outputs under terms of Open Access, including those whose institution does not yet have a repository. Authors are advised to “put it in the Depot”. This repository can also be seen as an Orphan Repository.

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