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SPARC's membership and mandate encourages a focus on developing institutional repositories. Authors can choose to deposit their research articles in digital archives (either institutional or subject-based) which conform to the standards of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) and enable readers to freely access and fully reuse the article text. Repositories allow any author to make their work available under Open Access conditions regardless of the journal out the article is published in. There are more than 2,000 open digital repositories available for authors to use around the world, and a comprehensive listing of is available through the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR).
SPARC is committed to producing resources to promote the establishment, use, and improvement of open digital repositories. Visit the digital repositories homepage in our resources section for a comprehensive listing of SPARC resources on the topic. Highlights include:
Digital repositories have been a central theme in many of the events that SPARC hosts for its members and the community. In 2008 and again in 2010, SPARC convened the SPARC Digital Repositories Conference in Baltimore, Maryland to advance the potential of open online repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. The broader issue of Open Access itself took center stage at the 2012 SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City, Kansas; however, repositories remained at the heart of discussions throughout the conference. Repositories will be on the agenda once again for the upcoming 2014 SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City.