■ What is the Kyoto University Research Information Repository (KURENAI)?
The Kyoto University Research Information Repository (KURENAI) permanently archives electronic formats of intellectual products produced within Kyoto University (peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations, theses, preprints, grants-in-aid for scientific research reports, output from COE program projects, lecture papers and teaching materials, conference papers, and all other kinds of academic and scholarly information) for free public access on the Web.
- 1. Your research output posted on KURENAI will be searchable by search engines such as Google Scholar, which allows a larger number of researchers to see it and boosts the visibility of your research activities.
The repository system is characterized by the use of an international standard protocol, OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), for exchanging metadata in order to achieve interoperability. The protocol allows our repository metadata to be automatically harvested by national and global repositories like JAIRO from the National Institute of Informatics and OAIster from OCLC, thereby boosting opportunities for registered content to be searched.
- Furthermore, as is obvious from the growth of e-journals, electronic formats are becoming the mainstream for use in academic and scholarly information distribution. While electronic formats of intellectual products offer a great advantage in realizing instant distribution over a broad area, compared to the conventional method of printing and distribution by paper media, they always entail the risk of being scattered and lost. KURENAI carefully archives electronic formats of intellectual products as its valuable collection and assumes the responsibility for handing them down to future generations. Moreover, the central archive with open access will relieve you from the troubles associated with the management and publication of your intellectual products in electronic formats.
- Aside from these, by positively offering electronic formats of intellectual products produced within Kyoto University for open access via a central portal, the university can discharge its accountability obligations to society concerning its educational and research activities. By promptly publishing cutting-edge research findings, the public recognition and perception of the KU brand will improve, which will in turn indirectly support the university’s mission of creating and communicating knowledge. Also, returning the university’s research achievements to society will further promote its ties to the community and industries.
■ Other University Repositories
Now many universities archive and publish electronic formats of intellectual products produced internally.
- □ In Japan
- Hokkaido University: HUSCAP
- Chiba University: CURATOR
- Waseda University:DSpace at Waseda University and more...
- □ Outside Japan
- University of Michigan: Deep Blue
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: DSpace@MIT
- University of California: eScholarship
- University of Cambridge: DSpace@Cambridge etc.
- □ Unique repositories
- University of Minho (Portugal): RepositoriUM The institution that promotes the registration of content with financial incentives.
▼The list of open access repositories in the world is available at the Registry of Open Access Repositories.
The Kyoto University Library Network has set up the Subcommittee on Research Information Repository under the Library Network Board to actively promote its repository project.