On the 22nd of April, the Universities of Luxembourg and Liège announced that ORBilu, the new archive server of the University of Luxembourg, was born. Marie-Pierre Pausch-Antoine (@PauschMarie) and Paul Thirion (@PaulThir), head librarians at the two partner universities, walk us through the development of this project. We hope that it will be the first in a long series of similar institutional archives, for a more visible, transparent, and accessible science.
This article is a translation of “La politique Open Access de l’Université de Liège fait des bébés”. It was translated from French by Timothée Froelich.
Photo from the presentation booklet of ORBilu / University of Luxemburg.
— Paul Thirion (@PaulThir) 22 avril 2013
The University of Luxembourg is very young, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. It already had a homegrown publication server “that was not satisfactory”. In 2009 and 2010, the teams in charge of finding a new institutional server approached the University of Liège (ULg). “We established a partnership to create a kind of ORBi [institutional archive of ULg’s publications], but above all to develop a transfer of knowledge.”
ORBilu has hatched! A warm thanks to our big brother in Liège!orbi.ulg.ac.be— Marie-Pierre Pausch (@PauschMarie) 22 avril 2013
While, in France, the central institutional archive HAL was reproducing (on the same day, HAL-Lille3 was launched), the University of Luxembourg announced that ORBilu was now online.
ORBi, a leading archive
“More than a tool, ORBi is a philosophy of Open Access that we wanted to adopt,” affirms Marie Pausch-Antoine, head of the library services at the University of Luxembourg.
“We were strongly supported by the Rector in Liège, Bernard Rentier, and Paul Thirion. They can be very convincing.” This should also remind you of the Couperin open access study days, during which ORBi was defined as a model example:
— Biblinsa (@Biblinsa) 25 janvier 2013
According to Paul Thiron, head of the library network of ULg, “to make an ORBi succeed, we need a strong institutional mandate that responds to researchers’ needs, as well as a significant effort to communicate with them. Our partners in Luxembourg achieved that brilliantly.” 24 hours after it went online, some 100 articles had been deposited. After two days, ORBilu had reached over 400 publications for a university with only 1,300 faculty members. “The work in the laboratories and with members of the university began a long time before it went online,” explains Marie-Pierre Pausch-Antoine.
Our neighbors from Belgium and Luxembourg have got it right. If what is at stake for scientists is better visibility for their work, and if the deposit process is simple and fast, then they will publish their articles in open access. The MyScienceWork team is particularly glad that the announcement of ORBilu’s creation happened to occur on the same day as the launch of the institutional archive HAL by the University Lille 3. It will be a real pleasure for MyScienceWork to spread the word and, one day, to encompass all these articles in open access within its search engine.
To find out more:
ORBilu is born! http://orbilu.uni.lu/?locale=en
Press release (in French): Open access at the University of Luxembourg http://www.ulg.ac.be/upload/docs/application/pdf/2012-05/orbilu-pr.pdf