Lume, the digital repository at UFRGS, which collects all digital documents generated by UFRGS, has been named Number 41 in Open Access Repository in the World by the Ranking Web of World Repositories, ranked among more than 1,500 digital repositories worldwide. The university’s repository has moved up more than fifty places in the Ranking, organized by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), linked with the Ministry of Education of Spain. In the previous survey, released in August of last year, Lume was ranked number 94.
The UFRGS collection encompasses photographs, journal articles, books and book chapters, theses and dissertations, undergraduate final papers, and event-related publications. Altogether, LUME hosts more than 37,000 documents.
UFRGS and USP are the only Brazilian institutions whose repositories appear amongst the top fifty tools of this kind, like the ones from NASA, MIT, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). These tools are aimed at preserving and disseminating their collections through digitalization and free online access. Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are the primary targets of the Ranking. The full list to the Ranking Web of World Repositories can be found at http://repositories.webometrics.info/toprep.asp