Finding open access information
The Directory of Open Access Repositories - OpenDOAR is a useful resource to use to search for content in repositories. It is presently trialling a search service for full text material using Google Custom Search Engine. Search their Search Repository Contents page for further information.
In addition to this, search engines, for example Google Scholar, are another way that many people find open access information.
There are a number of initiatives to enable such search engines to identify open access material easily. An example is the Open Archives Initiative:
'The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication.' (1)
Many open access publications will have metadata attached to them which makes it easier to search for and identify them. Metadata is commonly described as data about data. It usually includes standardised descriptions about the content of the publications, guided by schemes such as Dublin Core.
1. From: Open Archives Initiative. Mission statement, [Online] Available from http://www.openarchives.org/organization/index.html [Accessed: 12 July 2006].
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