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1 Open Access Open Source and the Institutional Repository Richard Jones

2 Some Shaky Analogies ● Repositories of Source Code ● Permissive/Copyleft Licensing ● OS vs Proprietary ● Service Providers ● Repositories of Assets ● Creative Commons Licensing ● OA Repositories vs non-OA publishers ● Open Access Publisher/Repository provider

3 defining the fuzziness ● Open Source has a broader remit than just software ● Closed source and commercial service provision are very different things ● The degree of open-ness is defined by the licensing conditions:  BSD, GPL...  CC varieties: share alike, non-commercial...

4 some OSS advantages ● There isn't much in the way of closed source repository packages (weak) ● Interoperability can be affected by being locked into vendors and proprietary formats (strong) ● Repository use cases can be mould-breakingly complex (proxy) [next slide] ● There are plenty of open source, stable and mature repository packages (weak) [slide after next] ● Preservation opportunities can be damaged by the use of proprietary storage mechanisms (sometimes strong)

5 repository use cases can be complex The World Academic Web Pages Publications System Internal Repository Public Repository Mirror Public Repository Mirror Administrators

6 plenty of OSS packages The Big Three

7 final notes ● Open Access has partly sprung out of a community of OSS developers: academic institutions, research organisations, etc. ● Check the licensing conditions of the package – many OSS variations exist ● Commercial companies are starting to come around to the OSS approach. Even Microsoft are funding OSS projects, and may even be interested in EPrints for Windows!

8 Richard Jones Web and Database Technology Specialist Imperial College London Thanks for listening This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. To view a copy of this licence, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

9 References Jones, R and Andrew, T (2005) “Open Access, Open Source and e-theses: the development of the Edinburgh Research Archive”, Program, 39 (3), Jones, R, Andrew, T, MacColl, J (2006) “The Institutional Repository” Oxford: Chandos Publishing ARNO - CDS Invenio (formerly CDSWare) - DiVA - DoKS - DSpace - Eprints.org - ETD-db - E-Doc - Fedora - Greenstone - i-Tor - MyCoRe - OPUS -


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