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1 Giving exposure to your IR and content on your IR Institutional Repository Workshop 1 – 3 April 2009 Presented by

2 Before we continue …. CNRI Handle Server Character Encoding Scheme OAI Base URL

3 1. CNRI Handle Server “A system for assigning names to objects for name resolution” “The Handle System is a general purpose distributed information system that provides efficient, extensible, and secure HDL identifier and resolution services for use on networks such as the Internet. It includes an open set of protocols, a namespace, and a reference implementation of the protocols. The protocols enable a distributed computer system to store identifiers, known as handles, of arbitrary resources and resolve those handles into the information necessary to locate, access, contact, authenticate, or otherwise make use of the resources. This information can be changed as needed to reflect the current state of the identified resource without changing its identifier, thus allowing the name of the item to persist over changes of location and other related state information. The original version of the Handle System technology was developed with support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).”

4 CNRI Handle Server UP Handle: UJ Handle: DUT Handle: CSIR Handle:

5 CNRI Handle Server

6 CNRI Handle Server & DSpace k=view&id=152

7 Request a Handle Prefix from CNRI

8 Our request …..

9 Their response …

10 2. Character Encoding Scheme Unicode UTF-8 for special characters: βεΦΣΨΩ¥£€Ęěüë “Unicode has started to replace ASCII, ISO 8859 and EUC at all levels. It enables users to handle not only practically any script and language used on this planet, it also supports a comprehensive set of mathematical and technical symbols to simplify scientific information exchange. With the UTF-8 encoding, Unicode can be used in a convenient and backwards compatible way in environments that were designed entirely around ASCII, like Unix.” Source:

11 3. OAI Base URL More info: “There is a single base URL for all requests. The base URL specifies the Internet host and port, and optionally a path, of an HTTP server acting as a repository. Repositories expose their base URL as the value of the baseURL element in the Identify response. Note that the composition of any path is determined by the configuration of the repository's HTTP server. “Identify

12 DSpace is OAI-PMH Compliant

13 Example Base URL’s UP: CSIR: SU: DUT: UJ: How to find your OAI base URL:

14 What are the harvesters looking for?

15 Test your OAI base URL

16 Response from OAI

17 Exposure on the WWW Internationally Nationally


19 UIUC OAI Registry UIUC OAI Registry



22 openDOAR openDOAR

23 Open Archives Initiative Open Archives Initiative

24 UPSpace on Wikipedia UPSpace on Wikipedia

25 South African Institutional Repositories South African Institutional Repositories

26 Google Scholar Google Scholar

27 Google Google


29 DSpace DSpace

30 Scopus/ Scirus Scopus/ Scirus “Elsevier has introduced a new "Search Sources" feature for its Scopus users (; the feature allows librarians to customize interfaces to direct their users to specific institutional repositories and special digital subject collections. It appears that the new Scopus feature will simply allow librarians to preset the content preferences in Scopus that users of Scirus (, Elsevier's free scholarly search engine, can set for themselves on a search-by-search basis, using the Advanced Search features. Scopus announcements also encourage Scopus clients to open their institutional repositories to the expanding Scirus Repository Search Program. “http://www.scopus.com Saskia van Acker (Content Manager Scirus) - for scientific information only

31 Webometrics Webometrics Best Practices

32 Library Catalogue

33 Departmental Web Pages

34 Automated Search Linking

35 Research Report (InfoEd)

36 Research Directorate Web Page

37 Links between repositories UJDigispace UPSpace



40 Google Analytics

41 E-Marketing Event

42 Electronic Visitor’s Book

43 Share with others

44 Questions?

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