A new service is starting development to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. The new service, called DOAR – the Directory of Open Access Repositories – will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information.

The service is supported by CURL, along with the Open Society Institute (OSI), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and SPARCEurope, and is a joint collaboration between the University of Nottingham in the UK and the University of Lund in Sweden.