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World Bank Launches DSpace "Open Knowledge Repository"

Ithaca, NY The World Bank recently announced adoption of an Open Access policy thereby joining institutions, organizations and advocates around the world who are making research outputs broadly accessible. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2012.

The World Bank selected DSpace to implement the Open Knowledge Repository ( With over 1,200 known installations in over 100 countries, DSpace is the open source software of choice for organizations to build open access institutional repositories. In order to make DSpace fit with a diverse set of requirements, the World Bank relied on @mire's ( technical expertise.

Read an article by Bram Luyten, @mire, about the Open Knowledge Repository:

From the article: "The repository features a full audit trail of all changes to items, changes to the metadata and bitstreams. The rich metadata leveraged from existing sources gets exposed through the Discovery faceted browse and searching system. The Metadata Quality Module was intensively used by World Bank staff to modify metadata after the initial import operations. The technical work, including complex import operations was carried out in a timespan of 4 months."

More information

Webcast: What the World Bank's Open Access Policy Means for Development:

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