About OPUS: Open ULeth Scholarship, the University of Lethbridge Institutional Repository

Definition
Purpose
Copyright & Licensing
Submitting Materials to OPUS
OPUS: Open ULeth Scholarship Institutional Repository

Definition

OPUS is the University of Lethbridge’s institutional repository (IR), which is an open access digital collection of an organization's intellectual output. Institutional repositories centralize, preserve, and make accessible the knowledge generated by academic institutions. They also form part of a larger global system of repositories, which are indexed in a standardized way, and searchable using one interface, providing the foundation for a new and innovative service.  The software behind OPUS and many other institutional repositories is DSpace.

Purpose

OPUS supports and advances the mission of the University of Lethbridge which is to “inspire research-informed teaching and learning, creative discovery, scholarship, professional endeavor, experiential opportunities and community engagement” (University of Lethbridge Strategic Plan, 2014-2019).

 

The goal of OPUS is to preserve and provide access to the intellectual capital of the University of Lethbridge -- specifically, significant resources created by members of the University of Lethbridge community and important to all Albertans. Types of materials to be archived by University members or designates can be journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, presentations, etc.  In general, materials included in OPUS are similar in nature to those that are recognized in a faculty member's annual Professional Activities Report (PAR). These include but are not limited to: 

 

Scholarly works: articles (published articles in journals, magazines and newspapers; peer-reviewed, copyright approved post-print articles; pre-print materials related to published peer-reviewed articles), books, and book sections, conference proceedings and abstracts.

 

Theses & Dissertations: Doctoral & Masters theses and dissertations; Undergraduate honours theses will be included upon recommendation of the supervising faculty member.

 

Grey literature: project reports, documentations and manuals, working and discussion papers, non peer-reviewed conference and workshop material (posters and speech/lecture materials).

 

Creative Works: images, shows/exhibitions, compositions, and talks.

 

At this time OPUS cannot provide adequate preservation and access to larger data sets. However, the library is willing to work with you to find a suitable repository that will help you to meet any grant requirements regarding a research data management plan.

Copyright & Licensing

Efforts will be made to ensure materials selected for inclusion in OPUS can be self-archived in repositories in compliance with relevant copyright legislation. The majority of publishers support the right of academic authors to include their own work. However, some publishers’ agreements prohibit authors from using their work in this way as a condition of the copyright transfer agreement. Library staff will check against the SHERPA/RoMEO listing of journal publishers, which details the rights given to authors by the major publishers of academic journals.  http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.p

Submitting Materials to OPUS

If you are a University of Lethbridge faculty member or graduate student and would like to make your publications available through OPUS, please send an email message to: opus.library@uleth.ca. Include your name, faculty, department, contact information and a list of recent research-related publications (your CV or a link to your UniWeb CV will be fine).  Generally, the most recent 6 years worth of publications will be accepted.

 

Library staff will review suggested publications for copyright compliance, availability of electronic formats, and any embargo restrictions. Once complete, Library staff may contact you to obtain electronic versions of accepted publications. Items will then be catalogued and uploaded to OPUS on your behalf.

 

The University Library is responsible for maintaining the technical and administrative infrastructure of OPUS. The Library ensures that best practices and technical standards (e.g., metadata) for archiving and preserving materials in the collection are followed.



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 Content Revised: October 20, 2017


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