Greater Reach For Your Research: Expanding Readership Through Digital Repositories

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Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers. In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly.

There is great potential in this change. Faster and wider sharing of research material gives you broader and deeper access to the resources you need and exponentially increases the exposure for your work.

Online archives of universities, colleges, funding agencies, and other institutions — known as “repositories” — are key components of the emerging digital research infrastructure and can help ensure the widest possible sharing of your works. These repositories collect, preserve, and provide free, unrestricted online access to all types of institutional research outputs — seamlessly linking data, knowledge, and scholars.


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Ernie Ingles: Why Repositories? from Open Access Videos on Vimeo.

More information, tools, and resources on digital repositories are available from:

  • Your Library
  • The Canadian Association of Research Libraries
    Morisset Hall, 65 University Private, Suite 238
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 9A5
    Phone: +613.562.5385
    Fax: +613.562.5297
  • SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
    21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC, USA 20036
    Phone: +202.296.2296
    Fax: +202.872.0884

© 2008 CARL and SPARC, subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. Version 1.0 - November 2008