2011

The new version of BASE is now available
25/05/2011

The new version of BASE, one of the biggest multi-disciplinary search engine for academically relevant OAI-sources is now available at www.base-search.net.

It was created and developed by the Bielefeld University. Through a VuFind interface, you have now access to more than 28 million documents from more than 1.780 repository servers. Information is updated on a more regular basis.
There is also a new iPhone-App for BASE available from the website or directly at iTunes Store.

ORBi is harvested by BASE since January 2009 (Content sources informationn).

title 15/04/2011

In this month of April, ORBi has reached a new landmark: 60,000 references, of which over 36,000 (60%) are provided with full text versions (50% of them available on open access). An international visibility which is booming as we can observe on average over a thousand daily downloads which originate from all over the world!

Open Access today: becoming more and more essential!

Currently over 20% of the whole of the world's academic and scientific literature is already available on Open Access: 8.5% in periodicals on open access and 11.9% via institutional repositories (Björk, 2010), figures which are constantly growing.

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The new interface for DOAJ
31/03/2011

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) is offering a new interface to access over 6300 academic and scientific journals and 540.000 articles in open access. There is the possibility of:

Survey on effects of self-archiving and author experiences
09/02/2011

As part of a research project conducted by students at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), we invite you to participate in an online survey on the impact of Open Access. Focus will be on what changes can be noticed by the single researcher with the shift from non-OA publishing of research articles to self-archiving.

Link to the survey : https://survey.mamut.com/s?s=20424 (until March 2nd 2011)

Thank you for your contribution!

2010

ORBi: new functionalities for ULg researchers
08/12/2010

  • A widget enabling references from ORBi to be integrated into web pages, in a dynamic way and in the presentation format you like.
  • The addition of a new type of document : "E-Prints/Working Papers".
  • In reports in an html format, possibility to add a bibliometric summary (h-index, ...).
  • Possibility to customize the link towards publications found in the ULg directory and in the Browse by author via your MyORBi.
  • Deactivation of contextual aid for a whole working session whilst encoding in MyORBi.
title 02/12/2010

For a researcher the increased impact of their work is a benefit of great significance amongst the numerous advantages offered by Open Access. Proof of this is that the citation rates of publications deposited in institutional repositories or other open archives is rising sharply.

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title 03/11/2010

This report presents the results of a research project carried out in 2009 at the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3. Its objective: to evaluate the results of the policy in favour of open archives in France.

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title 14/10/2010

Open Access just a footnote? For the 4th consecutive year, the international research community is communicating and acting in favour of Open Access.

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Some OA news in brief
21/09/2010

  • ORBi has passed the landmark of 50,000 referenced publications, of which 30,000 are with full text, and with significant user statistics (see the ORBi statistics).
  • 8 new institutions have since June registered their mandatory self-archiving policy at ROARMAP - More info.
  • The 4th edition of the Open Access Week will take place from October 18 to 24, 2010.
  • A bibliography on the different aspects of the Open Access movement (disciplinary and institutional archives, author’s rights, OAI-PMH, etc.) has just been compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. It covers the 1999-2010 period.
title 06/09/2010

The Universities of Lorraine organize on the 21st September a workshop dedicated to the Open Access movement. Rector Bernard Rentier and Paul Thirion, Director of the ULg Library Network, will present ORBi, the institutional repository of the University of Liège, and PoPuPs, the portal for the publication of scientific journals edited at the ULg.

Inscription needed (before the 10th September - free)

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