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The challenges of open access for Korea's national repositories

Eun‐Ja Shin (Department of Communication Art, Sejong University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 16 November 2010



Korea has been at the forefront of the open access movement since 2003, with four nation‐wide repositories built to date. This study seeks to review their current status and to make proposals for further progress.


The study reviews the current status of the four nation‐wide repositories in Korea and identifies their drawbacks and solutions.


Korea's repositories were all built and are operated by government agencies. Their software is superb in contrast with the small volume of contents accumulated. If those repositories are to be invigorated, coordinated efforts are required to publicise the objectives of the repositories, and to try to have all research outputs contributed to the repositories with the cooperation of the operating agencies and researchers.


The study suggests several strategies for invigorating Korea's nation‐wide repositories. If the strategies are implemented in a calm and orderly way, Korea's nation‐wide repositories are expected to be more successful.



Shin, E. (2010), "The challenges of open access for Korea's national repositories", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 231-236.



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