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Third edition of Repository Observatory published

The current edition of the Repository Observatory highlights the interoperability of institutional repositories and CRIS. In his open access repositories vision statement Wolfram Horstmann, library director of Goettingen State and University Library, Germany emphasizes the role of institutional repositories as a provider of durable and persistent source of knowledge resources. Therefore it would be important to harmonize technologies and vocabularies to address knowledge resources. Pablo de Castro, of the euroCRIS board explores why and how IR and CRIS interoperability should be implemented in “7 things you need to know about repositories and CRIS”. He also moderated the video recording of a round table discussion about CRIS-IR interoperability with the experts Friedrich Summann (Bielefeld University, Germany) and Ligia Maria Ribeiro (University of Porto, Portugal). Moreover you will find use case examples in the repository profiles of the University of Porto, Portugal, the University of Glasgow, UK, Junta de Andalucía, Spain and FCT, Portugal. Find out all about the new RO edition here.

New COAR Repository Observatory Edition published

The Repository Observatory produced an introduction to Linked Open Data for repository managers. This edition includes an interview with Richard Wallis, Semantic Web and Linked Data specialist at OCLC and a repository profile of EconStor, the repository of the German National Library of Economics (ZBW). Furthermore Imma Subirats, knowledge and information management officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), contributed a presentation on “Linked Open Data” in the “Seven things you should know about…” section. In addition, the group collected useful links and readings as resources about the topic linked data. The current edition of the Repository Observatory can be found here.

Profile of the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository

Since 2012, the World Bank has fully embraced Open Access by implementing an OA policy for its research and knowledge; adopting the most liberal Creative Commons license (CC-BY); and developing and launching the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), the most visible manifestation of the World Bank’s push towards of Open Access. These three items act in unison to optimize the discoverability, accessibility, and re-use of World Bank content. While the Open Knowledge Repository is still very young, it already hosts over 12,000 publications and has had over 1.8 million downloads!

In the next installment of the COAR Repository Observatory Profile series, we present a comprehensive overview of the Open Knowledge Repository and other World Bank activities designed to open up and foster the exchange of ideas to promote global development. Click here to learn more.