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LAOAP: Providing Access to Latin American Grey Literature

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The Latin American Open Archives Portal is a project of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project - LARRP, in collaboration with the Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC, to improve access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America. The portal provides access to working documents, pre-prints, research papers, statistical documents, and other difficult-to-access materials from the "deep Web." Typically, this content is published by research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and peripheral agencies that are not controlled by commercial publishers.

Utilizing the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) as a low-barrier solution to disseminate and share digital resources, the portal provides access to digital content from participating data providers and specialized searching services for the Latin Americanist social sciences research community.

LAOAP's content reflects five primary components:

  1. identification of appropriate resources
  2. vetting their authenticity and authority, as measured by the institutions that publish them
  3. gaining permission from publishing institutions to post their materials
  4. providing access to digital manifestations of content
  5. offering a trusted repository to institutions that desire it.

If you are interested in suggesting additional resources for inclusion in LAOAP, please contact LARRP

Note: Collaboration has been an essential ingredient in the accomplishments of the LAOAP project to date; numerous individuals and institutions have provided assistance in building the Portal infrastructure. LARRP would particularly like to acknowledge the contribution of the UCLA Digital Library Program, which provided us with the initial source code for our Harvester. UCLA had, in turn, modified University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign code to run on Oracle for its OAI Sheet Music project.

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