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The IDRC Digital Library: an open access institutional repository disseminating the research results of developing world researchers [100011]

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  harnad:The IDRC Digital Library: an open access institutional repository disseminating the research results of developing world researchers
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subject The IDRC Digital Library: an open access institutional repository disseminating the research results of developing world researchers
message "IDRC has determined that obtaining permissions and populating the repository with developing world researchersí outputs will help to improve scholarly communication mechanisms for Southern researchers."

A central repository like IDRC's is useful for researchers whose institutions do not yet have Institutional Repositories (IRs) of their own. But apart from that, IDRC could help OA and developing world research more if it recommended that researchers deposit in their own IRs (with IDRC simply harvesting their local deposits therefrom). That way their institutions are encouraged to deposit all their research output therein, not just the research IDRC sponsors. (If IDRC actually funds any of this research, it could mandate deposit, not just recommend it.)

Permissions are not needed to deposit the document; permissions only concern what the access privileges are for the document. If OA is not endorsed by the publisher, or access is embargoed, the article should be deposited anyway, and access can be set as "Closed Access" instead of "Open Access." That means searchers and users can only access the metadata, not the full-text. But IRs have a "fair use button" (and IDRC should implement one too) which allows a user to request a single eprint of the full text for research purposes with one click; the author receives an automatic email, with which he can authorize the emailing of the eprint, again with just one click.

I hope IDRC will consider these further extensions to the valuable service it is already performing for OA in developing countries and worldwide.

Stevan Harnad
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