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Open Access: OA Repositories

what is this and how to locate materials


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Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons
(launched 2004)

is a media file repository

- making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips)
- common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation

Unlike traditional media repositories, Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others. 

Disciplinary repositoires

Some select repositories:
Disciplinary Repositories listed on the Open Access Directory
OA in individual disciplines (from Informationsplattform Open Access, swtich to English, links to separate pages on 15 fields)

  • Digital Repositories E-Science Network (DReSNeT)
    A network of social science repositories for texts and data from the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • DataONE - international federation of data repositories containing earth observations data from fields such as ecology, biology, evolution, and environmental sciences such as hydrology, oceanography, and atmospheric science. Participation from hundreds of field stations, universities, and government agencies.

Foriegn Sites


  • Canadian Institutional Repositories
    "Since 2003, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries [CARL] has been promoting the use of institutional repositories in Canada through the CARL Institutional Repositories Program. As a result, over 80% of CARL members have implemented an IR at their institution. "

European Archvie

  • digital library of cultural artifacts in digital form for researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

United Kingdom

KPBC. Regional academic repository for data in all fields. Poland
National Open Access Desks. From OpenAIRE.
OA in the European Union. From the DRIVER Wiki. Links to separate pages on 27 countries.
OA in Non-EU Europe. From the DRIVER Wiki. Links to separate pages on 7 countries.
OA outside Europe. From the DRIVER Wiki. Links to separate pages on 11 countries.
Worldwide momentum for public access to publicly funded research. From the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. Apparently not updated since 2006.