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OpenDepot.org is an assured service to make research Open Access - now available for researchers worldwide.

fter ten years of continuous operation, EDINA will be closing OpenDepot.org on 17th of July 2017. OpenDepot.org is no longer accepting new deposits.

Originally called the The Depot, the service was launched in 2007 as a repository service for researchers (primarily in the UK) who did not have access to an institutional repository, to provide a place for them to deposit their open-access research papers. This was part of a concerted programme of investment in repository services, led and funded by JISC (now called Jisc). JISC withdrew funding from The Depot in 2009, and EDINA rebadged it as OpenDepot.org, expanding its scope to an international user-base. It has continued since then with no external funding, with the support of the University of Edinburgh.

As an early and important component in the programme to establish repository services and infrastructure in the UK, OpenDepot.org has, in the end, been a victim of this programme's success. The need for a repository of this sort has gradually diminished, as repository services have become ubiquitous in the UK's Higher Education Institutions, the number of extra-institutional and subject-based repositories has increased, and supported alternatives have been established elsewhere. It is now relatively straightforward for a researcher, especially in the UK, to find an appropriate place to deposit their open-access publications.

Before taking OpenDepot.org offline, EDINA will ensure that all papers which have been deposited here will be copied to an alternative open-access repository. Having considered some options, EDINA has approached the team at Zenodo, and they have agreed to accept copies of and make available all papers currently in OpenDepot.org. Zenodo is committed to open-access to research outputs, and enjoys significant support from the European Commission.

EDINA would like to thank all those who have deposited papers into OpenDepot.org for the last 8 years and, in so doing, contributing to the cause of open-access to publicly-funded research.

The OpenDepot.org Team, EDINA, 28/6/2017