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Open Repository and Practical Action Repository Launch

From James Evans, Product Manager, Open Repository

In the April 2014 newsletter, Open Repository announced an agreement with the Practical Action Group to build and host their institutional repository.  Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

 After a busy summer working with Practical Action’s publishing and technical teams in the UK and Nepal, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of this international multi-lingual repository project, hosted at

At launch, the repository serves as a preservation tool and web content delivery solution for the Practical Action Publishing and Practical Answers websites. Practical Answers provides information on appropriate, small-scale technologies that improves the lives of people living in poverty. The multi-lingual publication structure proved to be a significant challenge, but is delivered successfully by the DSpace component. Open Repository have enjoyed working  on this project with Stacey Davies and her team at Practical Action. Over time, it is envisaged that the repository will further expand to become a preservation node and content delivery tool for all the client’s global websites.

Open Repository builds, hosts and customises enhanced, DSpace repositories for institutions worldwide, enabling the institution to focus on managing and developing content within their repository. Through Open Repository and Open Repository Lite, clients can choose a package to suit their needs, including development, training and marketing. Open Repository offers clients the full services required to successfully run a repository, while Open Repository Lite offers is aimed at small clients & those from emerging or developing countries, requiring a simple install at a cost effective price.  Open Repository is a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider and is offered by BioMed Central, the Open Access specialist.