The state of the nation: A snapshot of Australian institutional repositories.

Mary Anne Kennan, Danny Kingsley

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Abstract

This paper provides the first full description of the status of Australian institutional repositories. Australia presents an interesting case because of the government's support of institutional repositories and open access. A survey of all 39 Australian universities conducted in September 2008 shows that 32 institutions have active repositories and by end of 2009, 37 should have repositories. The total number of open access items has risen dramatically since January 2006. Five institutions reported they have an institution'wide open access mandate, and eight are planning to implement one. Only 20 universities have funding for their repository staff and 24 universities have funding for their repository platform, either as ongoing recurrent budgeting or absorbed into their institutions' budgets. The remaining are still project funded. The platform most frequently used for Australian repositories is Fedora with Vital. Most of the remaining sites use EPrints or DSpace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalFirst Monday
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

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