Dear Community -
DuraSpace is having a contest in honor of Open Access Week-- and we'd
love to see some of the great "repository stories" from the DSpace
community. Winners will receive some good exposure as well as $50
Amazon gift certificates. See below for more details.
Director of Community Development, DSpace Project
CALL for Entries for the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest:
?Highlighting Repository Stories Worth Sharing?
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 1:16 pm
Written by: Carol Minton Morris
Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA Have you been a part of establishing or
maintaining a unique digital repository that provides open access to a
collection that was previously not used or under-used? Do you enjoy
showcasing your repository?s content and the cool tools that encourage
use of the materials? Do you have anecdotes about how access to
resources from your repository changed someone?s life, or their
thinking on an issue, or contributed to a breakthrough idea? Please
consider sharing your passion and knowledge of collecting, curating
managing and sharing digital repository resources from every corner of
the globe by entering the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest and
telling your story.
Of the more than 700 DuraSpace (http://DuraSpace.org/) repositories
worldwide many provide open access to their online resources for users
and patrons. The aim of the DuraSpace SPARC Open Access Week Contest
is to celebrate your organization?s commitment to online development
and dissemination of diverse?and often hidden?digital assets by
describing unique cases and serendipitous uses that make remarkable
Judy Breck writes in her introduction to the ?Golden Swamp? Web site
(http://www.goldenswamp.com/) which highlights the virtual ecology
that emerges in the open Internet: ?A global golden age is trickling
across our threshold and will very soon pour in through our doors and
windows engulfing us all. This tsunami is grand news.?
Please help DuraSpace share your ?grand news? by highlighting your
hidden treasures and how they are used. Whether your repository
features three-dimensional historic objects that turn in space,
photographs and artworks, unique media collections, historic
documents, scientific artifacts, out-of-print volumes or any other
type of digital object please consider telling your story about how
these culturally significant resources have helped to shape the global
Entries will be accepted at http://duraspace.org/contest.php beginning
on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. through September 28, 2009. DuraSpace
SPARC Open Access Week Contest winners will be announced on October 1,
2009. Winners will receive $50 Amazon gift certificates and will be
invited to tell their stories during the Sun/DuraSpace/SPARC ?All
About Repositories? Web Seminar on Oct. 14, 2009. This Web Seminar
will be part of the DuraSpace SPARC Global Open Access Week
(http://www.openaccessweek.org) package of materials that will be
available in honor of Open AccessWeek Oct. 19-23, 2009.
Contact Carol Minton Morris for more information.