Consequently to the adoption of the directive on Open Access of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) obligating researchers to diffuse their subsidized research results electronically and free of charge, the University of Geneva has decided to launch the Archive ouvert UNIGE.
The Division of scientific information (DIS) and the libraries of the University have been given the responsibility of carrying out the project, in close collaboration with the IT Division. A support team including librarians (correspondants Archive) and academic delegates is in charge of the follow-up.
Archive ouverte is operated with the open source software Fedora. Perennial storage of the documents is insured by UNIGE whereas document access is guaranteed by the attribution of a Uniform Resource name URN, unique identifier administrated by the National Library.
The records of the Archive ouverte UNIGE can be used by other document servers, either specialized (e.g. arXiv) or general (e.g. RERO DOC), allowing an even greater diffusion of the publications of the University.
Launched in Autumn 2008, the Archive reached 5000 documents early 2010, 10'000 six months later, and keeps growing.
For a detailed step-by-step description of the project advancement, see the French page.