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  • Coalition of Open Access Repositories (COAR) [Link]

"Objective of the COAR Repository Observatory is to identify trends and future scenarios in the context of the use of repositories in research and education, to help open access repositories to anticipate and respond the constant state of rapid evolution."

  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR) [Link]

"OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories."

  • Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) [Link]

"The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximizes research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective."


  • American Libraries Association Digital Preservation Mailing List [Link]
  • JISC Digital Preservation Discussion List [Link]
  • JISC Repositories Discussion List [Link]
  • SPARC Institutional Repositories Discussion List [Link]


  • D-Lib Magazine [Link

"D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.  D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience.  The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community to help digital libraries be a broad interdisciplinary field, and not a set of specialties that know little of each other."

  • Oasis, "Establishing a Repository" [Link]

"Each institution will have its own unique approach for establishing a repository that reflects their specific context and community. However, there are a number of common elements that will have to be addressed by all: making the business case, defining the purpose of the repository, defining repository services, choosing repository software, developing repository policies, staffing, setting up community, and marketing the repository."

  • RLG DigiNews [Link

"This bimonthly Web newsletter provided indispensible reports on evolving practices and technology for digitizing materials and digital preservation of research collections, as well as in-depth coverage of notable projects in the field.  RLG DigiNews was a Web-based newsletter conceived by the RLG preservation community.  It was produced by staff in the Department of Research, Cornell University Library, in consultation with RLG and, later, the RLG Programs unit of OCLC Programs & Research.  With the exception of Volume 1 (1997) it was published six times a year.  Archived issues from 1997-2007 are available."

  • Texas Digital Library.  Journal of Digital Information (JODI) [Link]

First publishing papers in 1997, the Journal of Digital Information is an electronic-only, peer-reviewed journal covering the broad topics related to digital libraries, hypertext and hypermedia systems and digital repositories, and the issues of digital information.

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