03 June 2008
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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.
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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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:
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.
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
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)
BioMed Central and Open Repository will be exhibiting at:
CRIMEA 7 - 15 June UkraineBooth - 21,21a
Please do stop by and say hello if you are attending. We will happily answer any questions you may have.
ALA26 June - 2 JulyAnaheim, CA, USABooth - 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 JourneySaturday 28 June 20081.30-3.30ALA conferencePacific C, Disney Paradise Pier Hotel
Guarantee your place
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 EdwardsHead of Library & Research Services Roehampton University
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