WHY DID ADB CREATE AN INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY?
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) embarked on the OAR in 2014 as part of efforts to make its research work available to a more academic audience.
The site offers features to easily find content and link back to the original content using search tools like Google Scholar and other similar research search engines.
ADB’s commitment to Open Access also allows researchers liberal use rights on downloading and reusing content (subject to the attribution and specific license terms).
WHAT MAKES OPENACCESS.ADB.ORG DIFFERENT FROM WWW.ADB.ORG?
The OAR is a specialized site that caters to researchers and people who wish to gain access to ADB’s scholarly and research publications.
The key features of the OAR are:
- It contains only scholarly, research, and other knowledge publications.
- It works with other Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)-compliant sites, so metadata can be harvested and used.
- Content is indexed by various search engines like OAISter and Google Scholar.
- Content is available under a set of Creative Commons (CC) copyright licenses. The majority of works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY)—the most liberal of CC licenses—which allows use and reuse of content with minimal restrictions.
- It provides a permanent web address called the URI (uniform resource identifier) for each publication to ensure no publication gets “lost” when changing web addresses or sites.
- It guides researchers on citation of content in the ADB repository.
HOW OFTEN IS THE CONTENT ADDED TO THE OAR?
The OAR will be updated usually as soon as possible after publication, unless the publication is subject to embargo.
WHAT RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO CONTENT ON THE OAR?
Each OAR publication has permissions/rights information based on Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) or a derivative license of CC BY.