Presentation on theme: "Royal Holloway Information Services Welcomes the ICT4D partners December 2007."— Presentation transcript:
Royal Holloway Information Services Welcomes the ICT4D partners December 2007
Taking a quick look at: How we organise our e-resources Open Access resources
What RHUL offers its members Around 8,000 ejournal subscriptions – Some separately subscribed – Most from bulk deals with publishers About 60 major databases – Some full-text, some bibliographic 400+ more databases are available through mediated search service – Quite rarely used
Online resources in MetaLib MetaLib replaced pages of web links Includes ejournals, databases and selected web sites Findable by name or through subject lists Enables simultaneous searching of multiple resources Not everyone finds it easy to use
The SFX button SFX is an OpenURL link resolver Included in our catalogue and databases to which we subscribe Takes the user to any online version to which we subscribe Also helps them to find print holdings But does not cover everything
Open Access Berlin Declaration, 2003 Our mission of disseminating knowledge is only half complete if the information is not made widely and readily available to society.
Open Access Budapest Open Access Initiative An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good.
Royal Holloway Research Online Is an Open Access repository Open access means that full texts of scholarly writings are made available – free of charge – over the internet – to everyone Complements, not replaces, journals and subject-based archives
Royal Holloway Research Online Is the name of OUR repository Uses the free GNU Eprints software Currently hosted on the UCL server Carries the College name and logo Is fully registered with OA directories
RHRO is part of SHERPA Established by JISC in 2003 Specifically to encourage open access Ours is one of 21 SHERPA repositories Partners include the British Library, Oxford and Cambridge
Advantages for the researcher Wider dissemination: visible on Google Immediate dissemination Open Access to material Easy to find and use material Increases citations Manages information Facilitates RAE submissions
Who else likes Open Access? The House of Commons – Select committee report in October 2004 The Research Councils – All support or insist on open access The Wellcome trust – Mandates deposition in PubMed Central JULIET database lets researchers check the requirements of their funding body JULIET
What about copyright? 93% of publishers now permit open archiving the others may if their authors ask nicely! Easily checked on the ROMEO databaseROMEO BUT some publishers dont permit use of their own.pdfs AND surprisingly few academics keep their drafts.
How can eprints be found? Specialist search engines – OAISTER all open archive repositories OAISTER – Google Scholar academic sites Google Scholar – SCIRUS scientific sites SCIRUS – OpenDOAR SHERPAs OA search site OpenDOAR Also visible on Google itself
A growing movement The largest Open Archive search engine OAISTER lists: OAISTER Over 14 million records From 914 repositories BUT not all these records include open access texts.