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Benefits to the University research community

“Open access articles receive 50% more full-text accesses and PDF downloads than subscription-access articles”
Kenneth R. Fulton, PNAS Publisher

By raising the profile of our researchers by:

  • Encouraging all research at the University of Huddersfield to be made publicly available and searchable
  • Increasing dissemination and impact of University research output on a global scale, via search engines such as Google Scholar
  • Providing a critical mass of high quality research, including non textual material such as music, art and media, through services such as EThOS, OpenDOAR, and Summon.
  • Ensuring that the Repository becomes central to the University research strategy and workflows
  • Providing a standardised, automatically updated format of author information for research CVs
  • Creating a managed approach to research output in order to provide better management reporting, both for the REF, funders and internal practices
  • Raising awareness of similar research interests, thus contributing to the further development of interdisciplinary approaches
  • Enhancing the user experience for Post Graduate Research students by helping to build a University research culture and by making their theses available through EThOS in order for them to aspire to further research through external networks
  • Helping to fulfil Research Council mandates
  • Checking the copyright
  • Long term preservation of the University’s research output

Benefits to the wider repository community

By sharing the lessons learned, most notably on:

  • Increasing content by clearing non textual material for inclusion in the Repository
  • Enhancing user experience by improvements to the interface and workflows allowing increased discoverability and seamless depositing of material
  • Preservation issues in conjunction with the University Archives
  • Publication of all new policy documents and workflows
  • Sharing issues surrounding interoperability and embedding within other University systems
  • Methods for sourcing metadata from external sources and providing metadata to University systems
  • Input into the staff appraisal process

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