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MOspace, a new initiative at MU Libraries, is a permanent digital storehouse of knowledge and research focusing on works created by those connected with the University of Missouri System.
MOspace allows the library to preserve and provide open access to the items in a more permanent way than posting to a website. The project uses DSpace software, an open source product developed at MIT, which provides permanent URLs for documents deposited through it to the MOspace server. The libraries are committed to this ongoing effort as part of the next generation of library collections.
MOspace, in addition to acting as a preservation tool, is our part of the international open access movement. You have probably heard of the recent votes in favor of open access by Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Stanford's School of Education, and other institutions and faculties. MOspace could even be a home for a new open access journal in the future.
An important part of the MOspace effort is encouraging authors not to sign away rights to their own works, as often happens when they publish in commercial journals. Retaining the copyright allows content to be made available to students and scholars without huge subscription fees. In MOspace, the author/creator retains copyright in all cases, so an author could also publish an item elsewhere, providing that the publisher allows (see this site for an example addendum to a publisher’s contract). For items not commercially published, author permission is all that is needed to allow the library to add it to MOspace. Library staff can download items from Web sites or upload items directly via author submission. Authors can submit works directly firstname.lastname@example.org; most electronic formats are accepted for submission.
Establishing MOspace is part of the crucial role libraries play in preserving research and scholarship in all forms and making knowledge accessible for future scholars. The repository is accessible here.
For more information, call (573) 882-1685 or e-mail email@example.com.