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Paper: Open Access to Physics and Astronomy Theses: A Case Study of the Raman Research Institute Digital Repository
Volume: 433, Library and Information Services in Astronomy VI: 21st Century Astronomy Librarianship, From New Ideas to Action
Page: 183
Authors: Nagaraj, M. N.; Manjunath, M.; Savanur, K. P.; Sheshadri, G.
Abstract: With the introduction of information technology (IT) and its applications, libraries have started looking for ways to promote their institutes’ research output. At the Raman Research Institute (RRI), we have showcased research output such as research papers, newspaper clippings, annual reports, technical reports, and the entire collection of C.V. Raman through the RRI digital repository, using DSpace. Recently, we have added doctoral dissertations to the repository and have made them accessible with the author’s permission. In this paper, we describe the challenges and problems encountered in this project. The various stages including policy decisions, the scanning process, getting permissions, metadata standards and other related issues are described. We conclude by making a plea to other institutions also to make their theses available open-access so that this valuable information resource is accessible to all.
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