Setting the scene for a sustainable national repository network in Serbia

Biljana Kosanovic - University of Belgrade Computer Centre, TRAP, Milica Ševkušić - Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Vasilije Rajović and Nenad Popović - University of Belgrade Computer Centre, TRAP

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Serbian research community faces a major delay in the development of the national and institutional infrastructure for open science. To mitigate this, the University of Belgrade Computer Centre (RCUB) undertook to develop an interoperable, sustainable and affordable software and organizational model suitable for Serbian research organizations. The solution rests on the following pillars:

In this model, the compliance with the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repositories v.3 is of paramount importance because the OpenAIRE infrastructure is heavily used, as there is no national system for tracking research outputs (e.g. CRIS). Apart from OpenAIRE, the repository content is harvested by BASE, Unpaywall, CORE and WorldCat. The platform is optimized for Google Scholar crawlers.
Users are encouraged to deposit content types other than conventional research publications, and additional customizations are made, if necessary, to enable this (e.g. for spatial plans).
Positive results are already apparent, the most important being:

Priorities for further development include upgrading to DSpace 7 and compliance with OpenAIRE Guidelines v.4.