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OpenAIR: The Development of the Institutional Repository at the Robert Gordon University

Ian M. Johnson (Professor and Associate Dean, Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, UK. (
Susan M. Copeland (Senior Information Adviser (Research), The Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, UK. (

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 2 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of OpenAIR, the institutional repository at the Robert Gordon University.


The paper outlines the principles that underpinned the development of the repository (visibility, sustainability, quality, and findability) and some of the technical and financial implications that were considered.


OpenAIR@RGU evolved from a desire to make available an electronic collection of PhD theses, but was developed to become a means of storing and providing access to a range of research output produced by staff and research students: book chapters, journal articles, reports, conference publications, theses, artworks, and datasets.


The paper describes the repository's contribution to collection development.



Johnson, I.M. and Copeland, S.M. (2008), "OpenAIR: The Development of the Institutional Repository at the Robert Gordon University", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 1-4.



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