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International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science

Vol. 3(10), pp. 279288, October, 2015. 

ISSN: 2360-7858

DOI: 10.14662/IJALIS2015.050

 

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Institutional Repositories as an Online Archival Service: A Quantitative Study of Open Access Institutional Repositories of Japan As Registered In Opendoar (As On 12th March 2015)

 

1Mr. Ambhore Sagar P., 2Dr. Khaparde Vaishali .S. and 3Ms. Ranveer Vishakha B.

 

1Research Student, Dept .of Library & Information Science, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada, University, Aurangabad. (MS) Japan. Email: ambhore.sagar02@gmail.com

2Professor and Head, Dept .of Library & Information Science, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada, University, Aurangabad. (MS) Japan. Email: khapardevaishali@gmail.com

3Research Student, Dept .of Library & Information Science, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada, University, Aurangabad. (MS) Japan. Email: ranveer.vishakha@gmail.com  

 

Accepted 25 November 2015

Abstract

 

Purpose: The study reports the functioning of institutional repositories in Japan. Various aspects like nature of Institutional repositories (IR), type of open access IR, content types, content language, repository software used, subjects covered, availability of preservation and full text re-use policies and their growth rate were analyzed.
Methodology: Open DOAR website and the websites of individual institutional repositories were browsed to collect the required data.
Findings: 145 IRs of Japan are registered in open DOAR as on 12/03/2015. 142 (98%) of the open access IRs are operational in Japan. 139 (96%) open access IRs in Japan content belong to institutional repository type. 130 (89% ) IRs in Japan have journal articles, 69 (47%) of them have theses, 62 (42%) of them have Theses and dissertations and 32IRs (22 %) have Conference and workshop papers. 142 (97%) institutional repositories have contents in Japanese language. Dspace software has emerged as the most used IR software in Japan open access IRs. 96 IRs (66 %) use Dspace software. 123 (88%) of them have not defined their preservation policies. 109 IRs (75%) are multi-disciplinary in nature viz they have contents on many subjects. 20 IRs each have contents on Health and Medicine and 10 IRs have contents on Science General. 133 IRs (96 %) have not explicitly defined their full data item re-use policies. The birth of IRs took place in the middle of 2005 in Japan. The year 2010 could see the formation of around 50 IRs. Kyushu University Institutional Repository tops with 383877 records, followed by Archives of Kyoto University Research Information Repository with 149377 records.
Future implications: The study can be further extended to research the individual IRs of Japan or a comparison of related IRs of Japan.
Social implications: It acts as a guide to the authorities concerned to see where IRs in Japan are and what they lack. It acts as a yardstick to the authorities to bring out a Japanese IR Standard to standardize the content and presentation of Irs.

Keywords: Institutional repositories, open DOAR, content types, repository software, preservation policy, growth rate.


 

Cite This Article As: Ambhore SP, Khaparde VS, Ranveer VB (2015). Institutional Repositories as an Online Archival Service: A Quantitative Study of Open Access Institutional Repositories of Japan As Registered In Opendoar (As On 12th March 2015). Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 3(10): 279-288.

 

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