The public interface as well as the submission process (accessible to ULg members) are both available in English from now on. More visibility can thus be given to the ULg's publications on international websites.
We will also focus in the coming weeks on a larger referencing of ORBi in search engines and specialized Open Access sites.
There is a new document type in ORBi from now on : "Scientific conferences in universities or research centers".
After the launch of the institutional repositories of the University of Liège, ORBi (November 2008) and the University of Louvain, DIAL (March 2009), the Free University of Brussels has also now placed its research output into its institutional repository, DI-fusion.
Another important step will be taken by the next academic year with ORBi as the unique source of information for academic assessments at the ULg (promotions, allocation of funds, etc.).
Several improvements have been made to the reference deposit form, in terms of encoding authors' names. The most important consists of the addition of the possibility of selecting co-authors within the ULg student database (Penelope). A function which has been much awaited by ULg doctoral students who are not members of the university's personnel.
ORBi has now added a statistical data tool. General statistics regarding the number of new references (growth of the directory) and the number of views and downloads are generated daily. There is also a top 20 of the most downloaded references and detailed statistics for each archived item.
"The workshop is aimed at those involved in the development of openaccess (OA) repositories and who can influence the direction of developments either within their institution, their country or at an international level (...)".
This event was marked by the organization of an afternoon symposium spent discussing the development of ORBi and institutional mandates, in the presence of Tom Cochrane, Queensland University of Technology (Australia).