Australian Libraries and electronical resources

Australia is one of the leading countries bringing the libraries one step further into the future. With several very flexible solutions and possibilities to export metadata. The have several projects, to mention some of them:

Arrow-National Discovery Services

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia-E-Resources

National Library of Australia-Picure Australia

National Library of Australia-MusicAustralia

The basic idea is to share information and make it easy accessible for the rest of the world.


Grazr & BlogBridge 6.0

The worst thing about a blog is definetly a inactive blog. I am sorry folks, being sick for more than a week is not helping frequent posting. You could all see that I have tried to clean up the right column of my blog since last time. I have removed some of my pull down menus extracted the links and made opml files, then I have imported the opml files into the Grazr widget a whoolaa. The meaning behind it is that everybody could choose to export the links to their own system, IGoogle, Pageflakes,etc...Meaning that it all has become more flexible.

BlogBridge 6.0

I came across this RSS feed reader not long ago, a very good reader with lots of options, one of them being to import and export opml files, in that way your whole collection of good RSS feeds could be shared with the rest of the world, like I have done under the link "COLLECTED LIBRARY BLOG RSS FEEDS".

Feel free to share, that's what information is all about reaching out...



A growing number of publications is now being presented in open access archives for free. This is the obvious way to go into the future, away from the tyranny of big publishers pricing their "offerings" to an insane price.
Especially poor countries and countries having research done in other languages than those reaching the list of high impact factor journals build their own  networks , not letting the publishing industry decide what is good or bad research.

Through the open archives you could reach more people, shouldn't that be the main goal for all research done, not letting the information only be available for one small exclusive group?

Directory of Open Access

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Open J-Gate -Open
Access english language journal portal


SCIELO- Scientific electronic library online # Social sciences
Portugues & espanol language journal titles available in english fulltext 

"The objective of SciELO Social Sciences English Edition is to
contribute to the promotion of international access to Latin American
scientific journals in Social Sciences".



VU-DARE is the Digital Academic Repository (DARE) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

This repository is open for anyone at the VU as a place to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute VU faculty and staff research materials in digital formats.

Most research material in the Repository is in dutch.

The Internet Archive # Open-Access Text Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.

HighWirePress Standford University-Free Online Full-text Articles

HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of 10/2/07, we are assisting in the online publication of 1,814,462 free full-text articles and 4,457,725 total articles. There are 10 sites with free trial periods, and 43 completely free sites. 247 sites have free back issues, and 975 sites have pay per view!

The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)

Here you could find some interesting doctoral theses in different subjects.

"DEEP currently provides access to 13224 doctoral theses from 23 DART-Europe partners".

More information about the Dart Europe program could be read here

African Women's Bibliographic Dabase

"This English language database contains over 22,000 citations from 1986 to current. The database indexes six types of materials:
books and government documents; articles appearing in edited books; periodical and journal articles; Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations as well as a few B.A. theses and honors papers; conference papers; and videocassettes.
More about info about the database."

Australasian Digital Theses program

Free fulltext database of digital theses.

"The aim of the ADT program is to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities. The theses will be available worldwide via the web. The ideal behind the program is to provide access to, and promote Australian research to the international community".

"Permanent" linkage to this database could be found under the menu heading" Ebooks _E-resources in general".