Calling all repositories! 

Jisc and COAR – along with regional networks LA Referencia (Latin America), LIBSENSE (Africa) and OpenAIRE (Europe) – are calling on all repositories to update their records in OpenDOAR during this Open Access Week.

Repositories are important infrastructure for open science. They advance equity and diversity in scholarly communications because they are localized and can respond to different users’ needs. They also exemplify the key role institutions play in preserving, curating, and making accessible content that would otherwise be unavailable to the world. A comprehensive and accurate directory of repositories is critical for demonstrating the breadth of the global repository network and to enable the adoption of value added services for repositories.

OpenDOAR is a global directory of Open Access repositories.  With 5,751 registered repositories, it is a gateway to some of the world’s most valuable open access resources. And now that OpenDOAR’s metadata infrastructure has been streamlined to increase the quality and consistency of its records, it is easier for you to update the information about your repository. Further improvements will be coming in 2022.

How do I update an OpenDOAR record?

It’s simple:

  1. Visit the repository record you wish to update on OpenDOAR.
  2. Select the ‘Suggest and update for this record’ button at the foot of the page which will take you to the online update form.
  3. Complete the form with your details, listing all the required updates in the ‘Description’ box.  You can update the following values:
  • Repository name
    You can include multilingual versions of the repository name.  Just list the required variations and the respective languages.
  • Repository URL
  • Repository OAI-PMH
  • Repository contact email address
    This must be a generic email address and should not include a person’s name.
  • Repository open access policy URL(s)
    The URL(s) may cover the following types of policies:
  • Metadata policy.  The access rights and permissions for information describing items in the repository, and the minimum metadata requirements.
  • Content policy. The types and versions of documents and datasets held.
  • Data policy. The access rights and (re-)use permissions for full-text and other full data items.
  • Submission policy. The eligible depositors, quality control and copyright statements.
  • Preservation policy. The long-term retention, migration, and withdrawal protocols.
  • Software name 
  • Content types 
  • Journal articles
  • Bibliographic references
  • Conference and Workshop papers
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Reports and working papers
  • Books, chapters and sections
  • Datasets
  • Learning objects
  • Software
  • Patents
  • Other special item types
  • Discipline(s) 
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Health and Medicine
  • Arts and humanities
  • OR Multidisciplinary (covering all of the above)
  • Organisation name
    You can include multilingual versions of the organisation name.  Just list the required variations and the respective languages.
  • Organisation URL 
  • Country 

Please note we cannot update the record metadata count as this information is provided automatically via CORE.

When will my record be updated?

Depending on the volume of update requests we receive, we aim to process your updates by 31 December 2021.

How do I register a repository?

All you need to do is complete this form, which we’ll review and process for you.