The UOC's O2 repository – reach and impact
The Library adapts to the needs of the UOC community and, accordingly, periodically evaluates the use that is made of its resources and services. A usage analysis of the O2 for the last semester shows that in 2017 some 120,000 people used this institutional repository, downloading around 100,000 documents.
The cities with most O2 users included two Latin American metropolises, Bogotá and Mexico City, in addition to Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia.
The document downloaded most from the O2 last semester was the second edition of the Latin America Horizon Project, Perspectivas tecnológicas: educación superior en Iberoamérica 2012-2017 (Technological perspectives: higher education in Latin America 2012-2017), produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the UOC's eLearn Center.
The document with the second highest number of downloads was an article published in one of the UOC's scientific journals, the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE). Its title was El papel de la Universidad en la construcción de su identidad digital (The Role of the University in Developing Its Digital Identity) and it was written by Lara Tíscar, Director of Communication at EOI (School for Industrial Organisation). It was published in February 2009 as part of a monographic on culture and creative practices in education, in the journal RUSC, a predecessor to ETHE, which is now coedited by the UOC and the University of Los Andes (Colombia).
Close behind in third place was a final master's degree project on the design for an online teacher training course, by Ivet Farrés Cullell, a music teacher in Girona who did the Master’s Degree in Education and ICTs.
For the UOC, the O2 is a way to store and share the electronic works produced by its community in the course of their research, teaching and administrative work. The NMC's Horizon report, the article from ETHE and Ivet's final project are cases in point, which thanks to the O2 can now be accessed by the public and by people in universities all over world. People publishing in the O2 experience benefits including boosts to the reach and impact of their works, and improved prospects for collaboration and their careers.
A growing UOC map
The UOC Library is continually working to strengthen its ties with organizations and experts in other countries. Our scientific journals have had their sights set on the international picture for some time now, with a network of author contacts from forty-five countries, review managers from thirty-eight countries and committee members from twenty-two.
O2, the gateway to open access
In the 2017 Ranking Web of Repositories, produced by the CSIC's Cybermetrics Lab, the O2 was placed twelfth in Spain and among the best 170 worldwide.
Are you part of the UOC community? Adding your publication to the 10,000 documents currently available will enable you to share your ideas, improve your digital identity and increase the impact of your publications. Are you open to open access?