THE University of the South Pacific (USP) has launched a digital archive with over 1000 research and scholarly outputs giving it an edge in promoting research outputs.
A USP statement confirmed the launch of the USP Electronic Research Repository (USPERR) enabling researchers around the world to access the research records of every individual published at USP since 2001.
USPERR is designed to collect, maintain, promote and disseminate the research and scholarly outputs of the USP and is the result of a partnership with the Australian government through the Australia Agency for International Development (AusAID).
USPERR was developed using open source software called Eprints which is widely used by academic institutions with institutional repositories of scholarly work.
Acting AusAID counsellor-regional Keith Joyce officially launched USPERR last week and described it as having "great potential".
"The USPERR is a wonderful achievement for the university as it continues to steadily advance its aspirations to be a world-class research institution.
"Australia is supporting the USP Electronic Research Repository because it is a priority of the university's strategic plan," he said.
Pro vice-chancellor Professor John Bythell said setting up a research repository was a very difficult thing to achieve.
He commended the work done by the staff members of the research office at USP, particularly project officer Amerita Ravuvu and her assistant Shalni Sanjana.