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CALL for Entries for the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest: “Highlighting Repository Stories Worth Sharing”

Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA Have you been a part of establishing or maintaining a unique digital repository that provides open access to a collection that was previously not used or under-used? Do you enjoy showcasing your repository’s content and the cool tools that encourage use of the materials? Do you have anecdotes about how access to resources from your repository changed someone’s life, or their thinking on an issue, or contributed to a breakthrough idea? Please consider sharing your passion and knowledge of collecting, curating managing and sharing digital repository resources from every corner of the globe by entering the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest and telling your story.
Of the more than 700 DuraSpace ( repositories worldwide many provide open access to their online resources for users and patrons. The aim of the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest is to celebrate your organization’s commitment to online development and dissemination of diverse–and often hidden–digital assets by describing unique cases and serendipitous uses that make remarkable things happen.
Judy Breck writes in her introduction to the “Golden Swamp” Web site ( which highlights the virtual ecology that emerges in the open Internet: “A global golden age is trickling across our threshold and will very soon pour in through our doors and windows engulfing us all. This tsunami is grand news.”
Please help DuraSpace share your “grand news” by highlighting your hidden treasures and how they are used. Whether your repository features three-dimensional historic objects that turn in space, photographs and artworks, unique media collections, historic documents, scientific artifacts, out-of-print volumes or any other type of digital object please consider telling your story about how these culturally significant resources have helped to shape the global knowledge landscape.
Entries will be accepted at beginning on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. through September 28, 2009. DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest winners will be announced on October 1, 2009. Winners will receive $50 Amazon gift certificates and will be invited to tell their stories during the Sun/DuraSpace/SPARC “All About Repositories” Web Seminar on Oct. 14, 2009. This Web Seminar will be part of the DuraSpace SPARC Global Open Access Week ( package of materials that will be available in honor of Open AccessWeek Oct. 19-23, 2009.
Contact Carol Minton Morris for more information.