An institutional repository is an archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.
What to contribute:
All material should be scholarly or educational in nature and faculty sponsored. Examples include: working papers, technical reports, conference slides, proceedings, preprints, postprints, datasets, multimedia, podcasts, screencasts, animations, video lectures, learning objects, student research.
Here are a few links to repository tools and information services.
The following videos help explain and illustrate what open access is and why it has gained increasing importance and popularity with academics in our ever evolving digital age.
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