Oman Research and Education Network (OMREN) added an important service to its collections of valuable resource to the research and education community in the sultanate of Oman. The new service, Shuaa, is a digital repository of Oman’s related multi-disciplinary publications.
The repository project helps organizing, managing, and representing the outcomes of Omani academic research innovations in order to increase the exposure and impact of Oman’s scientific research contribution. Shuaa is built on open source repository management database, hosted and supported by OMERN. Although it follows open access standard, it uses OMREN Federation to allow authenticated access. Shuaa contributes significantly to scientific research in the Sultanate and offers a great opportunity to provide value-added services to the research community by providing free of charge sources online.
The project steering committee consists of members from Sultan Qaboos University and the research council which did a great achievement by signing collaboration MoUs with major universities, research centres and libraries in the sultanate to enrich the repository with valuable publications and resources of documents, video, audio and graphic files.
OMER Director, Dr. Abdulmonem Al Kharusi sees Shuaa as another great addition to OMREN’s services: “Shuaa provides the Sultanate researchers with a better exposure and further promote scientific collaboration and innovation. OMREN’s community is pleased to have a central archive for intellectual production. Many thanks to the Application Department at OMREN for making this initiative live in a relatively short time.”