Asian Development Bank Embraces Open Access
Submitted by on Thu, 2015-04-23 21:35
Since it was founded in 1966, the Asian Development Bank has been the leading organization fighting poverty in the Asian and Pacific region. The organisation set its goal to enhance economic collaboration by investing in regional projects. Currently, the Asian Development Bank has 67 members. All of them are countries funding the projects.
Currently the Open Access repository holds more than 3000 research items from the Asian Development Bank. In the near future the repository will grow until it holds over 5000 items including research dating back to ADB’s early days. Even non digitized content or content that’s currently not archived will eventually be added to the repository.
In this video, ADB’s senior communications specialist Matthew Howells explains the current and future development plans for the Open Access Repository.
@mire’s managed hosting
For managing the publishing and content distribution of its research, the Asian development bank relies on a DSpace platform hosted on @mire’s managed hosting. This service hosts the repository since its launch in February 2015.
@mire’s managed hosting leverages Amazon Web Services. Using Amazon’s flexible way of hosting the ADB has some advantages over in-house hosting at its disposal. For example: Hardware and bandwidth can be easily scaled so it can extend its capabilities when needed. Meanwhile they do not have to pay for any redundant hardware.
Due to the fact that Amazon operates data centres around the globe, clients have a range of geographic locations to choose from. For ADB specifically, the choice was made to host in the Asia-Pacific region to enjoy the best proximity to local users.
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