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October 30, 2006 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Search Through the OpenDOAR

OpenDOAR—the Directory of Open Access Repositories—announced the release of a trial search service for academics and researchers around the world ( OpenDOAR already provides a global directory of freely available open access repositories that hold research material: Now it also offers a full-text search service from this list of quality-controlled repositories. This trial service has been made possible through the recent launch by Google of its Custom Search Engine (, which allowed OpenDOAR to define a search service based on the directory holdings.

Users of the OpenDOAR service can search through the world's open access repositories of freely available research information, with the assurance that each of these repositories has been assessed by OpenDOAR staff as being of academic value. This service does not use the OAI- MH protocol to underpin the search or use the metadata held within repositories. Instead, it relies on Google's indexes, which in turn rely on repositories being suitably structured and configured for the Googlebot Web crawler. Part of OpenDOAR's work is to help repository administrators improve access to and use of their repositories' holdings; advice about making a repository suitable for crawling by Google is given on the site. This service is designed as a simple and basic full-text search and is intended to complement and not compete with the many value-added search services currently under development.

OpenDOAR is a continuing project hosted at the University of Nottingham under the SHERPA Partnership ( Funders include The Open Societies Institute, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Consortium of Research Libraries, and SPARCEurope.

Source: OpenDOAR

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