Institutional Repository A testimonial perspective

Torrens, Rodrigo and Briceño, Ysabel and Contreras, Yelitza and Salager-Meyer, Francoise and Nuñez, Luis A. and Rojas, Ascanio Institutional Repository A testimonial perspective., 2009 . In Home Open Access 2009. 7th International Conference on Open Access, Accra, Ghana, November 2 y 3, 2009. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


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English abstract

In this paper, we describe our decade-long experience of building and operating one of the most active Institutional Repository in the world: <> (University of the Andes, Mérida- Venezuela). In order to share our experience with other institutions, we firstly explain the steps we followed to preserve and disseminate the scientific production of the University of Los Andes' researchers. We then present some recent quantitative results about our repository activities and we outline some methodological guidelines that could be applied in order to replicate similar experiences. These guidelines list the ingredients or building blocks as well as the processes followed for developing and maintaining the services of an Institutional Repository. These include technological infrastructure; institutional policies on preservation, publication and dissemination of knowledge; recommendations on incentives for open access publication; the process of selection, testing and adaptation of technological tools; the planning and organization of services, and the dissemination and support within the scientific community that will eventually lead to the adoption of the ideas that lie behind the open access movement. We summarize the results obtained regarding the acceptance, adoption and use of the technological tools used for the publication of our institution’s intellectual production, and we present the main obstacles encountered on the way.

Spanish abstract

En el contexto mundial del acceso abierto al conocimiento, se presenta el testimonio y las estrategias de desarrollo e implantación del repositorio institucional, ubicado entre los primeros veinte repositorios del mundo según el World ranking on the Web del año 2008 (webometric) y referenciado desde diferentes índices, buscadores, bibliotecas y páginas web. Se muestra cómo un proceso de desarrollo adaptado a la cultura y necesidades de una universidad en un país latinoamericano, ante las barreras y limitaciones, consigue con éxito difundir la producción intelectual de su institución, contribuye a impulsar su proyección como ente generador de conocimiento e incentiva la apropiación de las Tecnologías de Información y Comunicaciones por parte de su comunidad.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: electronic journals, institutional repositories, Open Access Initiatives, scholarly publishing, Latin America, Venezuela, revistas electrónicas, repositorios, Comunicación científica, Iniciativas de acceso abierto, Latinoamérica.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
B. Information use and sociology of information
L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HB. Gray literature.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: J Torrens
Date deposited: 05 Oct 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:56


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