Within the context of the 5th International Conference on Open Repositories organised at Madrid, between July 6 and 9, 2010, the Cybermetrics Lab of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientìficas (Madrid) has published The Ranking Web of World Repositories 2010.
Over 800 institutional repositories world wide were analysed.
The result is an excellent one for the University of Liège, which is classed – and by far ! – as the highest Belgian university, in 35th place globally, through its ORBi (Open Repository and Bibliography) institutional repository. Another source of satisfaction is that the BICTEL doctoral and postdoctoral theses server, set up by the ULg, is ranked 121st in the same classification.
The Cybermetrics Lab carries out a quantitative analysis of the scientific contents and resources available on the Web. Concerning institutional repositories it measures the general visibility and their global impact on the World Wide Web.
At the ULg, ORBi has experienced a spectacular expansion, evolving from 10000 references in June 2009 to close to 46000 today. With the registration of over 80 extra scientific references each working day ORBi is, according to ROAR, the institutional repository with one of the highest growth rates in the world, out of the more than one thousand institutional repositories identified.
Since 2007 the University of Liège has been implementing a very active policy in terms of supporting free access to academic and scientific information. Within Belgium and Europe it is pioneering university in the domain of Open Access and plays a very committed role on an international level in promoting its basic principles.