A facelift for The One Repo

The One Repo demo has been given a facelift. Here’s the old version:


And the slimmer, more elegant new version:


Many thanks to Corina Wong for putting together the new UI.


The One Repo in six minutes and 46 seconds

Between the 9th and 11th of March, I was at the annual conference of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). I had the privilege of explaining the One Repo project in a lightning talk in the 20×20 format — exactly 20 slides, each shown for exactly 20 seconds. The video of that talk is now available:

Obviously I had to cut some corners in the time available, so it’s not quite a comprehensive presentation — but I think it’s a pretty good introduction.


The One Repo demo supports HTTPS

Not a wildly exciting development, but an important one in these times: the One Repo demo, which was previously available under the HTTP protocol (http://onerepo.net/) now also supports the secure variant HTTPS (https://onerepo.net/). This means that your connection is strongly encrypted, and no-one can see what you’re searching for or finding.

That may not seem important — who cares if people can snoop on your searches? But as the Web as a whole moves towards tighter encryption, it’s going to be increasingly important. For example, as part of its drive towards a more secure Web, the Mozilla Foundation announced in April 2015 that they plan to phase out support for non-encrypted web-sites.

The new support for HTTPS keeps the One Repo ahead of the curve.

Introducing the One Repo mailing list


There is now a One Repo mailing list, hosted by Index Data’s installation of the GNU MailMan software.We’ll use that list (as well as this blog) for announcements. It’s also a good medium for discussions that aren’t associated with a blog-post. Please note that the archives are public.

Subscribe here.

One Repo guest-post on the BioMed Central blog

It was our pleasure to write a guest post, The world needs One Repo, for the BioMed Central blog. That post is up today, and it’s a privilege to be featured on the blog of what I believe is the world’s biggest open-access publisher.


Read it here.

The One Repo featured in the Charleston Advisor’s Heard on the Net

We’re pleased that the One Repo, alongside Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship and the Open Library of Humanities, is featured in this week’s Heard on the Net piece in the Charleston Advisor.


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FAQ: How is The One Repo different from SHARE?

This logo-share-177x131is a question that comes up again and again when we’re talking about the One Repo: how is it different from SHARE?

SHARE stands for SHared Access Research Ecosystem. It is an initiative of academic libraries in the USA, initially created as a response to the OSTP memo on public access. This memo was an important game-changer for how scholarly publishing will work in the USA, effectively expanding the NIH’s very successful public access policy across most federally funded research.

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Regional/national/subject subsets in the One Repo

We’ve recently added an interesting new feature to The One Repo’s user interface. Now, any subdomain of the onerepo.net domain can be configured to provide access to a regional, national or subject-based subset of the harvested targets. For example, us.onerepo.net is set up to search only the US-based repositories.


We could equally set up physics.onerepo.net for the union of all physics repositories, for example; or eu.onerepo.net for European repositories.

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SPARC Europe sponsors The One Repo

sparc_europe1We are delighted to announce that SPARC Europe has sponsored The One Repo with funds to get us started with harvesting repositories. We’re honoured that SPARC Europe sees the same vision as us, and very proud to consider them our partners in this work.


Welcome Rob Sanderson to the One Repo Advisory Board

Once again, we’re delighted to announce a new member of the One Repo Advisory Board. One of the important directions we want to go with The One Repo is presenting the metadata of all the world’s open-access publications as Linked Data. To help us figure out the many issues involved in doing this right, we’ve brought in Rob Sanderson, a world expert in Linked Data and especially it use in the bibliographic realm.


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