Open Access to public funded research: a discussion in the context of Mahatma Gandhi University digital archives of doctoral dissertations

Suber, Peter and Raman Nair, R. and Hussain, K. H. Open Access to public funded research: a discussion in the context of Mahatma Gandhi University digital archives of doctoral dissertations., 2009 . In CALIBER 2009, Pondicherry (India), 25-27 February 2009. [Conference paper]

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The importance of doctoral dissertations, the extent of public funds utilized for their production, their need for open access, concepts of Open Access (OA), and the arguments for and against OA are discussed in detail. A brief historical outline of the attempts in India for digitizing and providing OA to dissertations is provided. The development of the Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) Open Access Digital Archive is examined as an opportunity for other implementers and developers to gain both technical and non-technical insight. The paper suggests establishment of a national agency for ensuring OA to doctoral dissertations produced in Indian universities. Discussion on OA initiatives and the creation of OA Archive of dissertations at MGU can reveal to other institutions in India that it is not a costly or difficult task as generally considered. The paper can infuse interest and confidence to universities and research institutions in India to provide OA to their research works.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: open access, digital archives, PhD dissertations, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: R. Raman Nair
Date deposited: 09 Sep 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15

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