ePrints@UoM is a novel initiative undertaken by the University of Mysore, with the objective of collecting, digitizing and uploading online all Research articles hitherto published by the faculty, research scholars and students of the University, since its inception 97 years ago in 1916.
With this backdrop, “Digital Repository of Research, Innovation and Scholarship” has been set up at Mysore University Library. The library staff aim to collect an approximated 25,000 scholarly research articles published by University for the over last nine decades and update the publications in gradual phases. The oldest item added is a book “The philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore” by Dr S Radhakrishnan published in 1919.
The librarians who are working relentlessly since May, have collected more than 8,400 publications including journal articles, conference papers, books, book reviews, presentations, reports and patents, which can be freely accessed online through the Institutional Repository at the site http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/
The open access digital library software ePrints has been used in setting up of this repository. One can browse publications by year, subjects, divisions of the varsity, author and document type. Both simple and advanced search features have been given for facilitating specific searches.
The main objectives of this repository is to facilitate long-term preservation of scholarly work done earlier and pursued in future and facilitate UoM members an easy and rapid way to publish and archive their research locally.
The repository which provides an integrated view, act as a single entry point to scholarly work of UoM and as a self-evaluation tool for the UoM management. By going through the publications, the upcoming researchers can get new idea, views and people from all walks of life make use of the publications.
The librarians said that with no comprehensive records available to clearly indicate the number of articles of University published since its inception in various national, international journals and conferences, they have decided to search various full text and bibliographic databases and also collect publications by approaching faculty members and research scholars.
“If one takes into account of records of an individual organisation added to its IR, the ePrints@UoM gets the first rank among the universities of its kind in the country, next only to IRs of IISc and IIT, Mumbai”, said Library Adviser cum Visiting Professor Dr IRN Goudar.
Most of the publications are directly accessible and full-texts downloadable, if the publication is in open access or if their institution has the accessibility to the concerned journal/publisher. 'Request a Copy' forms can be used for documents to which direct full-text download is restricted due to publisher embargo.
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The University of Mysore stands first among eight universities in Karnataka for its 36 per cent of downloads of library materials.