Awareness in PG students and Research Scholar in Mysore University about open access Institutional Repository.

Author:Priyadarshani, Abhilasha
 
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Introduction

Now a day's open access to research through institutional repositories is an emerging and significant trend. Conception about institutional repository as a location to gather, manage and keep the knowledge output of an institution has been changed now; repositories are now also acting as a medium of communication and knowledge sharing. IR's are now become an indispensable component for information and knowledge sharing in the scholar world (Sarmah M, Bhattacharjee N (2015). An institutional repository or IR is an online platform that allows access to and preserves work created and deposited by members of that scholarly community (Geoffrey Little, 2011). The national institute of health library defines an institutional repository as "a service that enables the organization preservation and dissemination of the scholarly output of an institute.... Repository items are born digital or digitized, tagged with metadata to describe the subject, ownership, copyright and structure; indexed; organized into collections and searchable via the web; and preserved for long term access. "Institutional repositories are inherently tied to open access movement." (Ronald C.J. and Wilson M.C, 2008). Mostly, institutional repositories have collections of research publications, thesis, dissertations, annual reports and institutional publications. Earlier the institutional repositories had restricted access of their collections to the staff, researchers and users of the parent organization. The scenario, however, is changing gradually. "All of the repositories permit free access to abstracts without any registration necessary. However, most of the repositories require the user to register for accessing the full text of items." (Tripathi M. and Jeevan V.K.J., 2011). "IRs are widely seen as a medium way of enhancing wider access to research carried out using public funds while at the same time improving visibility of research especially in developing countries". (Madaiah Krishnamurthy, et. al., 2011).

Institutional repositories enhance teaching, learning, research and are considered as a boon to the scholarly community. Institutional repositories have great potential for improving visibility and impact of institutional research. The establishment of IRs in a developing country like India will help to get access of global research and in turn global presence to the local research results (Rashmi Rekha Gohain, 2011). The repository movement in India...

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