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Teesside launches digital research archive

08 October 2010 @TeesUniNews

 

Teesside University is launching TeesRep, its online digital archive of published research and theses.

'The institutional repository will hold journal articles, books, PhD theses and multimedia work going back to 2000 and will help increase the visibility and impact of the University’s research activities.' said Professor Cliff Hardcastle, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Liz Jolly, Director of the University’s Library and Information Services - which will be responsible for managing the archive - said: 'TeesRep is a valuable source of information for academics, and will help disseminate the University’s research outputs to the public at large.'

TeesRep can be accessed from www.tees.ac.uk/teesrep and will be officially launched by Alma Swan, a well-known consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. Alma will talk on the benefits of repositories for showcasing research work through open access.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Henderson, welcomed the new development, saying: 'It will play a significant role in emphasising the importance of the research being undertaken by our staff and help to make the findings of our publicly funded research available to the wider community.'

During the launch event there will be a demonstration of TeesRep by Jane Aiken, Assistant Director for Collections and Resources in Library and Information Services.

Alma Swan is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton's School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick's Business School. She is Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community. Her work covers market research and business modelling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviours, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly communication issues.