Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA To celebrate the online development and the dissemination of diverse, often hidden digital assets, DuraSpace is pleased to announce three winners of the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest. The contest solicited examples of repositories that have made significant resources more available to help shape the global knowledge landscape. The winners and their stories will be featured on a Sun/DuraSpace/SPARC “All About Repositories” Web Seminar on Oct. 14, 2009 (register here:

Luise Barnikel, Sales and Marketing Associate, IssueLab (, described the “2008 flexAbility Toolkit” designed to help employers with workplace disability issues in her winning entry entitled, “Social Policy Research: How Access Shaped Practice.” Bryan Beecher, Director, Computing & Network Services, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR:, University of Michigan, supports the mission of ICPSR which has delivered content using advanced technologies for six decades. He won with his entry, “Cold, Dark, and Lonely: An Archive Moves Online.”  The history and culture of Forsythe County, North Carolina is the focus of a collection of over 12000 digital images ( that Erik Mitchell described in his winning story “Building a Community Digital Library Using Dspace.”

Read the winning stories here: and register for the DuraSpace/Sun/SPARC "All About Repositories" Web Seminar on Oct. 14 at 10:00am PT, 1:00pmET to learn more about the winning entries:

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