Open repository mashup map

I just ran across this interactive mashed up map of Open Access & Institutional Repositories while reading an entry about the recent Finch Report (UK) and its implications for researchers in the developing world via independent journalist Richard Poynder‘s Open Access blog (which deserves its own comment, perhaps more on that later).

In any case, the map is a convenient way to pay attention to a relatively few existing African digital repositories (note the clickable location dots with more information, such as growth charts and links). There is no continent-level search filter though, which might be convenient for this purpose as such sites develop.

It’s not a new thing, I just hadn’t run across it before myself. There were over 1,000 sites mapped by 2008: “This morning the Repository Mashup Map hit the magic number of 1,000 repositories represented on the map! Between them, they now hold over 8.7 million items.”

With thanks to Sara Rich Dorman, University of Edinburgh for her July 19 post via the H-net Africa discussion network.

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