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BioMed Central BioMed Central
Welcome to Open Repository's May newsletter, featuring Oxfam's repository launch, DSpace 1.8 upgrade and the latest open access news from around the world.

Aiding those in poverty: Oxfam partners with Open Repository

Oxfam GB, the leading aid and development charity, has recently launched its repository - the Oxfam iLibrary. The iLibrary was developed to allow Oxfam to organize, showcase and browse its vital research and policy information worldwide in a single, secure location online.

Oxfam now has a uniquely customized, reliable and cost-effective repository solution, with advanced features and support from the Open Repository team. Read the case study and blog to learn more.

Open Repository clients upgraded to DSpace V1.8

Open Repository has upgraded all of its clients to the latest DSpace platform, version 1.8. New features include the ability to export communities and collections, open search functionality, the ability for administrators to carry out more complex metadata editing in batches and RSS feeds now support richer features such as iTunes podcasts. To learn more about the benefits of Open Repository's automatic upgrades for customers, read the blog.

Attend our free repository workshop at ALA Annual 2012

ALA Anaheim

Open Repository is hosting a workshop at ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim, CA. 'Institutional repositories and the Open Repository solution' will provide an overview of institutional repositories and their uses from both an in-house and hosted perspective. The workshop takes place at 10:30-12:00, Saturday 23rd June. Space is limited - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to guarantee your place.

You can also visit us at booth #2113 anytime between 22 - 25 June to learn more about how Open Repository can meet your institution's needs.

New team members: James, Eva & Alejandro

James Evans
James Evans has joined the Open Repository team as Product Manager, and will be responsible for managing the product direction and development projects of Open Repository. Previously, he has worked as a Publishing Systems Product & Project Manager for various STM and trade publishers.
Eva Kollarova Eva Kollarova
Eva Kollarova provides technical support to Open Repository’s clients, as well as assisting with the development of new product features. Her experience of IT project management makes her a great addition to the team.
Alejandro Lopez Cobos Alejandro Lopez Cobos
Alejandro Lopez Cobos has joined BioMed Central as Sales Executive for Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, the Middle East, and Latin America (excluding Brazil). For a full list of updated sales regions, please visit our sales contact page.

Open Repository reaches 1000 followers

Open Repository’s tweets about open access, repositories and our product updates have now gained a following of over 1,100 people on twitter! If you would like to join them and be kept up-to-date with the latest news, click here to follow us.

Open Access News

All research funded by NHMRC to be accessible free of charge
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s peak funding body for medical research, has recently joined other health organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and the NIH in requiring that all NHMRC funded research is placed in the public domain, and so made freely accessible for all to access. From July 2012 the NHMRC will be mandating the deposit of publication outputs arising from NHMRC funded research into an institutional repository within 12 months of publication.
Wikipedia Founder to help in the UK government's research scheme

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been brought in by the UK government to help make all taxpayer-funded academic research in Britain available online to anyone who wants to read or use it. The initiative is expected to be up and running in the next two years, and was announced by the universities and science minister David Willetts in a speech to the Publishers Association.

As a well known supporter of free and open access to information on the web, Wales will help set up the next generation of open access platforms for UK researchers, as well as the format in which academic papers should be published and data standards. It is expected that this initiative is most likely to result in a central repository that will host all research articles that result from public funding.

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Upcoming Conferences
Open Repository will be exhibiting at:

ALA 2012
Anaheim, USA
June, 21 - 26
Booth #2113

Liber 2012
Tartu, Estonia
June, 27 - 30

EAHIL 2012
Brussels, Belgium
July, 4 - 6

And also attending:

NASIG 2012
Nashville, USA
June, 7 - 10

Open Repositories 2012
Edinburgh, UK
July, 9 - 13

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