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The Konstanz Online Publication System (KOPS) is the Institutional Repository of the University of Konstanz and is offered as a service of the University library. It offers members of the University the opportunity to publish electronic documents on the Internet so that they can be specifically searched for. With the institutional repository KOPS, the University is committed to the principles of Open Access. The University as a signatory to the Berlin Declaration thus supports the active principle of Open Access to scientific knowledge. With KOPS, the following objectives are strived for: - Members of the University are offered a publication platform on which they can easily publish scientific publications. Both primary publications (e.g. series of publications in a field of study) as well as secondary publications (e.g., postprints which are published parallel to journal articles) can be published electronically. - The publications of each researcher at the University of Konstanz remain present in the long term and are globally accessible. - The Library takes care of (long term) archiving. Individual homepages can include links that lead directly to the documents. Document links remain unchanged. - The published documents are accessible through standardized metadata and therefore prepared to easily found by search engines. - The documents will be included in library catalogues and databases. At the same time, from the year 2008 on, a university bibliography will be created together with KOPS. This database provides both the departments and the authors the possibility to find the desired data on the publication output of a person or department in bundled form. KOPS is based on the DSpace Open Source software. DSpace is used worldwide by many universities and institutions as a publishing platform. The software serves national and international standards for open access servers. Further development will take place cooperatively through an international development community under the auspices of DuraSpace.