The IODE e-Repository Service:
Research literature from Marine Science and Oceanographic Research Centres
What is OceanDocs ?
OceanDocs is an e-repository (electronic repository) of scientific publications related to marine science and oceanography. The IODE OceanDocs is the Central repository of a global network of national and regional repositories.
Goals of OceanDocs ?
In general, to make publications of marine science and oceanography more easily and freely accessible to the ocean (and coastal area) research and management community, to enhance scientific cooperation communication at the regional level; In particular:
- Promote marine science and oceanography research at the global level;
- Facilitate publishing of research findings by national scientists (with special attention to scientists in developing countries);
- Ensure secure archival of marine science and oceanography publications.
OceanDocs enables researchers to deposit the full text of their works: articles, conference papers, technical reports, working papers, thesis and more. The information managers and librarians of the participating institutes will help the researchers with the submission of their publications.
OceanDocs is a service to enhance scientific communication in marine science and oceanography and will not interfere with the classical book and journal publishing methods. Researchers can publish in a scientific journal and at the same time submit their publication to OceanDocs. Nearly 90% of the international scientific journals accept the posting of the author’s version of an article on a personal or institutional website even after it is accepted for publication. It is the task of the information manager to control the publisher’s policy at http://romeo.eprints.org/.
OceanDocs as an IODE Project
OceanDocs has been established as a Project since 2007 (IODE-XIX) after going through a pilot project phase, implemented as part of the ODINAFRICA project. Funding was obtained from the Government of Flanders for the year 2007. The Project is implemented and coordinated by the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium. The project leader is Mr Marc Goovaerts of the Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium.
How to participate in OceanDocs?
In April 2007 a first global OceanDocs "training of trainers" course was organized at the IOC project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium which aimed to promote the development of national and regional e-repositories. The course welcomed participants from Africa, Indian Ocean region, Western Pacific region and Latin America. A second (sub-regional) course will be organized in Ukraine in May 2007, in collaboration with EURASLIC. This course will focus on Ukraine and Russia.
Institutions or countries interested in developing an e-repository are invited to either install their own e-repository system (using DSpace or EPrints software), or they can make use of the Central OceanDocs repository based at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium. The Central repository currently hosts institutional repositories of 11 African countries and will, as from June 2007, also host a number of Latin American repositories.
Usage statistics of OceanDocs
Real-time statistic reports can be generated and viewed through THIS LINK
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