Having a sufficiently representative level of contents filed into the repository is very important for showcasing the institution’s research output. However, offering added-value services and tools to the repository user is as important as the level of contents or even more: added-value services will allow users to value the repository, and they will be able to identify their institutional open access platform among the zillions of alternative research information platforms and databases they have available online. It is critical from this point of view to ensure availability of a usage module that will allow every user to know real-time levels of visibility for their documents filed into the repository.
Through its module of added-value services, GrandIR offers the opportunity of performing a previous analysis of most needed tools for every specific project, as well as providing the resources for its implementation, including its actual development if required.
Design and development of new added-value services for repositories is one of the main worklines of the GrandIR project. Detection of running repository project needs and wishes will be promoted by establishing a feedback loop with such projects. In fact, GrandIR intends to establish a tight cooperation with the open access community and their coordination organisms, and as such it’s offering its consulting services for analysis of further developments that may be useful for the whole set of running repositories.