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Aquatic Commons (History)

History of Aquatic Commons

  • Aquatic Commons was an open access repository providing access to published and unpublished related to the natural marine, estuarine/brackish and freshwater environments. 

  • It was developed by IAMSLIC, and initially implemented under contract by the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA). FCLA hosted, developed and managed the Eprints software from 2007 to November 2010.

  • In December 2010, within the framework of the long-standing collaboration between IAMSLIC and the International Oceanographic Commission, the IODE Project Office in Oostende (Belgium) agreed to host Aquatic Commons as part of its efforts to promote free and open access to marine scientific information, which also includes its own OceanDocs repository.

  • IODE hosted Aquatic Commons and provided technical support until August 2021 when Aquatic Commons and OceanDocs were merged to create the new joint repository AquaDocs

  • The decision to merge the repositories was made in 2019 after extensive consultation done by the Aquatic Commons Evaluation team. Planning for a new joint repository was conducted in 2020-2021 with membership from the Aquatic Commons Board, OceanDocs Steering Group, IODE Project Office, and FAO ASFA. The new AquaDocs repository launched on August 17, 2021.

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