UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield, AO, has formally launched UQ eSpace, The University of Queensland’s open access institutional repository.
By clicking a "Launch eSpace" button on the website, Professor Greenfield initiated a countdown which took the audience of leading researchers, senior management and library and technology staff from the old UQ eSpace home page to a new, streamlined one which makes the repository’s core businesses of search, browse and deposit more explicit and easier to use than before.
University Librarian and Director of Learning Services, Mr Keith Webster said that UQ eSpace already had some 7000 documents and tens of thousands of images, which would be enhanced by the addition of a further 50,000 references of UQ staff research publications in the near future.
UQ eSpace allows scholars around the world to discover UQ research and research output in the repository is picked up by popular search engines like Google. Already the most popular paper in UQ eSpace has been downloaded more than 20,000 times.
Professor Greenfield congratulated the Library on the development of UQ eSpace, which played an important role in raising the visibility of UQ research to the world.
He also recognised the Library more broadly for the “cutting edge’” work it does to enrich learning, teaching, research and community engagement at UQ.