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DSpace@Cambridge: a quiet revolution

DSpace@Cambridge is about freedom of access to knowledge. The DSpace repository is playing a key part in a quiet revolution in academic publishing, in which the University Library is a leading protagonist.  

DSpace@Cambridge stores research papers, audio-visual files, heritage materials and scientific research including experimental data directly from the laboratory (which might, otherwise, be lost). It also has an important role to play in hosting the digitised versions of the University’s historically unique museum collections.

DSpace@Cambridge is a key route by which academics are taking the process of scholarly dissemination into their own hands: an issue which has become known as the ‘open access movement’. Developed in response to prohibitive pricing of academic journals, Open Access publishing and Open Archives are initiatives that make research more freely and widely available, and which address the underlying intellectual property rights of the producers of the research. To find out more about the movement, and Cambridge University Library’s key role within it, read on.

Preservation copy of "Activities on board ‘Quest’", from the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition 1921-22.
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"Mount Tarn from the opposite side of Port Famine". From the Conrad Martens' Sketchbook III, documenting the voyage of the Beagle. More details