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03 June 2008

Open Respository Newsletter

In this issue...

MSF repository launch
Another day another feature
Latest repository news
Dates for your diary

MSF repository launch

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Logo

On Thursday 15th May 2008 Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)Open Repository went live.
Whilst MSF is well known for its humanitarian medical work, the organization also produces important research based on its extensive field experience within vulnerable populations.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Screenshot

Through the implementation of the Open Repository system, MSF is now able to provide a personalized in-house repository that maximises the distribution of their research at a fraction of the cost of other commercial systems.

Read our Feedback section for MSF's comments on this exciting new launch.


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Another day another feature

Open Repository is continuing to grow and develop to meet the needs and wants of its users.

Since the last newsletter, the following features have been implemented:

Tabbed browsers:
Now when you view a community, collection or item, the 'browse by' box will be presented with two tabs. The first tab provides browse options for the current community or collection (in the case of items, it will be the owning collection), and the second tab allows you to browse the entire repository.

Document conversion:
An update of an existing feature, the document conversion facility allows submitters to create PDFs of their Word documents. This is no longer restricted to only being available in the submission process and can now also be used by administrators whilst editing an item.

Larger WYSIWYG editor:
We have replaced the small html entry box on the news editor with a larger WYSIWYG editor. This removes the burden of writing html, and reduces the amount of time administrators spend when updating their repository.

Additional pages:
Administrators are now able to create additional simple html pages that are displayed within the repository interface. Possible uses include an acknowledgements page, or additional guidelines for your users. Like the news editor, this feature makes use of the WYSIWYG editor for easier updates.

For general repository news and updates on new features as they happen visit the Open Repository blog

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Latest repository news

We are delighted to confirm the following institution has chosen Open Repository to showcase their research findings:

New client:
Instytut Medycyny Pracy (Poland)

Free Pilot repository available:
If you are interested in receiving a FREE three-month pilot repository to see how your institution could benefit from using Open Repository, simply contact us

Current pilots include:
Royal College of Nursing (UK)
Health Service Executive (Ireland)
Stowers Institute of Medical Research (USA)

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Dates for your diary

BioMed Central and Open Repository will be exhibiting at:

7 - 15 June
Booth - 21,21a

Please do stop by and say hello if you are attending. We will happily answer any questions you may have.

26 June - 2 July
Anaheim, CA, USA
Booth - 478

With the recent open access mandate policies coming into effect, providing full open access to your institution's research has never been so vital. Open Repository will be hosting a workshop at ALA, which will take you through what the librarian experiences when implementing Open repository.

Developing A Repository: The Library's Journey
Saturday 28 June 2008
ALA conference
Pacific C, Disney Paradise Pier Hotel

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Here are examples of what recent adopters to Open Repository have to say about the service they received:

"Throughout the development process for this site, I have been most impressed by the support and professionalism provided by BioMed Central's Open Repository team. They have been unfailingly helpful and cooperative and I believe the final product demonstrates excellent quality."

Tony Reid
Medical Editor
Medecins Sans Frontieres

"Open Repository provided our organization with a hosted solution that was quick and simple to set up, customizable to our needs and extremely easy to use, we switched from our previous repository service with Digital Commons because Open Repository offered much better value for money and all of the features we required."

Adam Edwards
Head of Library & Research Services
Roehampton University

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