RUA, the Institutional Repository of the University of Alicante, is designed to be a locus for the scientific and teaching output of University members. The RUA answers the need to store, manage and preserve all the digital documentation generated by University members and thus avoid the physical dispersion and loss of valuable work. The RUA has been created to respond to the ever more popular movement of allowing open access to the results of publicly-funded research. Open access to research exponentially increases its impact, meaning that the more access there is to the work carried out, the more visible it will be and the more impact it will have. In order to make this impact possible, the RUA ensures that the documents deposited in the Repository are well-positioned in Google searches. RUA uses the DSpace open code software developed in collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Hewlett Packard. The Dspace software has been developed under the BSD open code license and implements the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) protocol used for transmitting metadata over Internet. The RUA metadata is coded as per the Qualified Dublin Core standard.
This allows the documents deposited in the RUA to be accessed by the following harvesters: