Digital archive for Communication Policy Research (CPR)

Posted on June 13, 2006  /  0 Comments

LIRNEasia is looking to work with local programmers, web developers, etc to customize DSpace, a FOSS dynamic digital repository system, based on Java technology, which captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material, for the CPRsouth website.

The proposed website will work as a platform for scholars and practitioners in communication policy research (CPR) in the southern hemisphere to self archive their publications and access the works of others. The site will provide an interface for any user to search for authors and their publications, download full texts of these articles if available, and archive their own work, using a customized DSpace template.

Specifications for the CPRsouth website include:

  • Homepage will be a News and Events page (in a blog format).
  • People (Authors) – sorting by name, institution, key words and country. Will drill down to CVs/profiles where available. List of authors with CVs for some will be submitted with the work order.
  • Publications – sorting by year, author, institution, category (keywords), and country. Full list with full-texts for some will be submitted along with the work order.
  • Online registration facilities for visitors and approval facilities for administrator. Only registered users will be able to post their own publications; however, anybody will be able to download publications.
  • Recording the number of times each article is downloaded (and recording of specific details, such as which user downloaded what, when, history of downloads for each user, etc if possible).
  • Email alerts when new publications are posted. Option for both visitors and registered users to sign up for email alerts (for selected categories).
  • RSS feeds will be available.
  • The website should be accessible to search engine web crawlers (ideally, Google Scholar).
  • Allow user friendly navigation, searching and sorting functions. A common navigation bar should be available on all pages.

The objectives of this site will aim to increase the visibility of participants of CPRsouth, increase citations to publications/scholars listed on the site, and increase participation in CPRsouth.

Please contact LIRNEasia ( if you can provide support on this project ASAP. It will be of advantage if you have some exposure to DSpace or similar software.

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