An institutional repository is an online dissemination platform for the intellectual output of a university. Its goal is to ensure better accessibility to this production for other research communities around the world. It is based on the principle of self-archiving by allowing researchers from a unit to deposit their documents and research data, their pre-publications and publications. Institutional repositories often host theses and memoirs of an institution.
E-library : The institutional repository of Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University
E-Biblio , has been set up by the UMAB Centre for Information Systems, Networks, Communication of Education and Distance Learning (CSRICTED) and has been operational since 2016. It uses the DSpace software platform developed by MIT and used by more than 3,000 universities, including several in Algeria.
Benefits of Institutional Repositories
An institutional repository like E-Biblio offers many benefits for both researchers and units, including:
Allows the creation of collections on specific topics, showcase a work or a workgroup.
Ensures the long-term preservation and dissemination of documents of different natures (texts, images, digital data, etc. )
Provides others with data to view their documents.
Provides a flexible environment: units can adapt their E-library space to their needs (collection structure, validation mechanisms, types of content deposited, presentation, etc.).
Provides a simple self-archiving process via a web form.
Assigns each submitted document a permanent URL that authors can include in their web pages, curriculum, etc.
Enjoy indexing a set of web search tools (Google, Google Scholar, OAIster, etc.) which promotes the dissemination and retrieval of publications and the influence of researchers.