True to the Institute’s commitment to ensuring best academic practice and incorporating peer review and citation standards as well as facilitating open access and long-term archiving, high quality research findings are published for the first time under the titles Eckert.Beiträge and Eckert.Working Papers which also carry secondary publications of titles previously released in printed or electronic formats; all of which are subsequently stored on document servers.
The Institute’s journal JEMMS (The Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society) features secondary publications, as do the series “Eckert.Die Schriftenreihe” and “Eckert.Expertise”. In addition freely-accessible publications from the fields of educational media and curricula research are gathered in a specialist repository.
The Institute’s repository also contains all freely-available titles written or edited by employees of the GEI. This includes both first and secondary publications, which can then be added to the archive if not already archived elsewhere. The institutional repository ensures that everything produced by the GEI is prominently available in one place, even that material not directly connected to educational media research.
The technical realisation of the edu.docs document servers uses the freely available repository software DSpace. This allows for long-term storage and archiving of documents in institutional or specialist repositories and provides efficient search functions enabling material to be easily located. Original publications are assigned a Handle, which is a unique and persistent document identifier. Metadata is exported via an OAI interface, thus enabling the content of edu.docs to be viewed in specialist external databases, foremost among these being LeibnizOpen, the central open access portal of the Leibniz Association.
Our long-term goal is to qualify for open access certification such as the Data Seal of Approval or the DINI-certificate, which demonstrate compliance with international standards and ensure secure interconnections with other repositories.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding how we can improve our services, please send an email to edu.docs[at]gei.de.