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 domain can be configured to provide access to a regional, national or subject-based subset of the harvested targets. For example, is set up to search only the US-based repositories.


We could equally set up for the union of all physics repositories, for example; or 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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Ginny Barbour joins the One Repo Advisory Board

When I announced the formation of the One Repo advisory board a few days ago, I mentioned that we’d invited a few more people to join and were waiting for them to finalise their agreement. I am absolutely delighted to announce that we’re now able to add Ginny Barbour.


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Please welcome the first four members of the One Repo Advisory Board

We are delighted today to unveil the One Repo Advisory Board! Although I (Mike) and my Index Data colleagues are plenty involved with the world of open access, we’re well aware that others have far more experience and insight. So we’re working with four of the very best.


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2. The solution

[This post is the second in a series that serialises the One Repo whitepaper in digestible chunks. Do please weigh in with comments! See also Part 1: the problem]

We offer The One Repo ( as a solution to these challenges. This is a system, already existing in proof-of-concept form, to gather all the content of all the world’s repositories into a single database, in a uniform format, freely accessible to all as a Web UI, as embeddable widgets, as a set of web services, and as harvestable data.

The One Repo is not a research project, but is built on battle-tested components that are in use in high-volume commercial systems. It has been proven robust, efficient and scalable.

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1. The Problem

[This post is the first in a series that serialises the One Repo whitepaper in digestible chunks. Do please weigh in with comments! See also Part 2: the solution]

It was more than twenty years ago that Stevan Harnad published his “subversive proposal” that scholars should make the manuscripts of their publications freely available on the Internet. In the initial version of this proposal, the mechanism was FTP sites, but these were quickly replaced by institutional repositories (IRs), collections of manuscripts generated by all of a university’s authors. Many of these IRs are implemented using well established software packages such as EPrints and DSpace.

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