Milestone @ NWU!

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We are proud to announce that Boloka (the Open Access Institutional Repository of the NWU) is growing rapidly and this month we have reached a milestone with more than 20 000 items indexed. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Boloka’s success over the years and for making NWU scholarly output visible and searchable to the whole wide world through Open Access.

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During the January 2017 “Ranking Web of Repositories”, Boloka was ranked 7th in Africa and 364th in the world.

Maximum exposure increases the impact and enhances the discovery of your research

  • Create an ORCiD, distinguish yourself and your work (NRF prescription)
  • Consider publishing in accredited journals  (Start here)
  • Publish your final accepted version as early as possible – post print (i.e. final draft post refereeing) Send these versions to your Faculty Librarians to be included in Boloka
    (NRF prescription)
  • Retain your self-archiving rights or
  • Check publishers’ policies on copyright and self-archiving
  • Share: Inform colleagues and engage in social networking communities
  • Create an online profile (Google Scholar Citations)  (see: NWU on GSC)
  • Remember to keep your datasets or post to platforms for storage

…early deposits of full text on Boloka enhance early discovery through Google…  

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Communities in (Boloka) NWU-IR
Africana Collection [350]
Conference Papers [345]
Theses and Dissertations [8580]
Inaugural Lectures [292]
Research Output [7546]

Open Access Week: 24 – 28 October 2016

The Library Services recently took part in Open Access Week.  For the first time an NWU event was run as part of an international event that gave our students and staff one message over 3 campuses.

The programme has been put together by members from the NWU Library Services, Institutional IT department, eResearch Initiative, Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office as well as the Research Support Office. International awareness was created that the NWU is engaging in Open Science activities.

Staff members from the Library Services gave on overview of the NWU Institutional Respository – the journey, how the IR contributes to Open Access, a future perspective and trends in self-archiving in Institutions of Higher Learning.  Mathew Buys from ORCID explained the advantages for researchers to have a persistent and unique identifier – ORCID iD and Wimpie de Klerk (IT Services) gave a demonstration of the NWU-ORCID integration.  Staff from the Law Faculty, Potchefstroom Campus shared the success story on their internationally accredited open access journal:  Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal.  Ina Smith from ASSAf did a presentation on how to increase the visibility, usage and impact of research, and Open access to NRF-funded research outputs, and how to deposit workflows for data and publications was highlighted by Lazarus Matizirofa from the NRF.  Benico van der Westhuizen (Engineer) shared on how to educate, empower and enrich yourself with Open Source software.  Raspberry Pi Hackathons were held over two days, these sessions were quite popular.  Link to the full programme as well as some papers: http://library.nwu.ac.za/open-access-week-2016

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The presentations were shared over all three campuses via Adobe Connect.

You just have to browse around Google, listen to conversations within the DST, NRF, European Commission, and the rest of the world to realise Open Science is the only way in which academia is going to persist and continue to get access to local and international funding.

Article written by: Louise Vos and Anelda van der Walt