METRIC


 

A ranking of open access repositories stands and falls by its underlying metric. The OARR metric evaluates open access repositories according to the assets of their service. Thus, it provides a benchmark for repository operators, funders and researchers alike. It is not and can never be the aim to evaluate the content of the listed repositories. Due to the ever changing challenges in the development of open access repositories a metric cannot be static. Future versions of the OARR metric will therefore be different to the current one and most probably more complex.
To make the development and design of the OARR metric as open and transparent as possible you can

  • read all criteria, definitions and respective scores of the current metric;
  • track the changes that were made from one version to another;
  • contribute your ideas to the metric;
  • see the next version of the OARR metric.

2015 Metric

To be listed in OARR the following definition must be met by an open access repository:

The Open Access Repository Ranking includes open access repositories located in Austria, Germany and Switzerland that are institutional, cross-institutional or disciplinary. The repositories are expected to provide full-text open access scientific publications in the majority of cases, together with descriptive metadata through a GUI (with search/browse functionality). The repositories are registered with a functioning and harvestable base URL (using OAI-PMH) in the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE). OARR covers neither digital collections, research data repositories nor repositories from publishers, university presses or commercial services.

For definitions please hover the respective criteria.

+Open Access (max. score 10)
+Usability (max. score 15)
+Services (max. score 15)
+Metadata (max. score 35)
+Interoperability (max. score 25)
Score,General/Open Access,Usability,Services,Metadata,Interoperability,Community2015,10,15,15,35,252014, 12, 10, 10, 9, 6, 3

2014 Metric

To be listed in OARR the following definition must be met by an open access repository:

The Open Access Repository Ranking includes open access repositories located in Germany that are institutional or disciplinary providing (in the majority of cases) full-text open access scientific publications together with descriptive metadata through a GUI (with search/browse functionality). The repositories are registered with a functioning and harvestable base URL (using OAI-PMH) in the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE). OARR covers neither digital collections, research data repositories nor repositories from publishers, university presses and commercial services.

For definitions please hover the respective criteria and scores.

General Information (max. score 12)
Usability (10)
Value-added Services (10)
Interoperability (6)
Community (3)

Changelog

Changes and the status quo of the OARR metric are documented in a CSV file so you can trace its development. It lists categories, criteria, definitions aiming at highest possible transparency. The changelog is intended to ease your internal evaluation or reporting.

Contribute

If you want to comment on the current or future OARR metric please use the tool below for positive suggestions to add or change a criterion or score. If somebody already posted your idea you can comment on it too or vote on it. You can vote also on other ideas but be careful which one you choose and how many votes you give away because your votes are limited and will only be returned when the ticket of your idea is closed.
This tool will help us identify flaws in the current metric improving the future metric. All your ideas will be evaluated and discussed in our OARR team and hopefully most of them will be integrated into the new metric.

Your feedback on the metric is crucial for the development of OARR. Especially your national perspective on requirements in your country that could be relevant to OARR is very important. Since OARR has an international scope the idea is to create a benchmark that open access repositories in most countries can comply with. Hence, OARR is a quest for the common denominator which does not mean that national standards cannot serve as equivalents for international standards. We therefore highly appreciate your comments and feedback.

PS: For feedback and compliments on our website (e.g. bugs, design, etc.) please use the orange “uservoice” button on the right side of the website.