KOBRA is a german acronym for the Kassel University scientific e-library, run in Institutional Repository manner.
As usual with Institutional Repositories, KOBRA maps the increasing assets of
scientific content based on the organisational structure, opposed to the more classical order
KOBRA's publishing modell is bound to Open Access, which
implies free access at no cost.
In addition to the availiblity of the full text, data describing the document - called
metadata - are collected, e.g. bibliographic data.
This metadata is collected by search engines all over the world and enables a search not just
by content but subject, name, date and so forth.
A local search is available, too.
Advantages of a central Institutional Repository in contrast to a personal homepage imply uniform search,
comparable metadata, high availability and preservation.
Preservation is a complex task, digital objects - independent from media - do persist infinitly in contrast
to the media they are bound to. To stay abreast of changes the UB Kassel is certified by a third party organisation
to achieve the most reliable technological and administrative requirements to run a long-term repository.
This includes open and standards based file format for the documents.
The software taken by UB Kassel is the well known system DSpace.
DSpace is open source and used by approximatly 430 other Institutional Repositories of the world, mostly libraries.
DSpace originally evolved from MIT and Hewlett Packard Corporation and is activly developed by an international community. DSpace is based closely to the OAIS (Open Archival Information System, ISO 14721), originally started from NASA.
KOBRA maps the organisational structure of the university to a tree made of communities and collections containing
KOBRA collects all scientific documents from Kassel university and associated organisations, as long as they meet
the criteria of our Policy.
Our services on your documents:
Preservation and disposability for at least five years
Preparation and extension of metadata by international standards
Allocation of world-wide unique identifier (persisten identifier)
Assistance on publication (see policy, hints for authors)
Inclusion of the publication's metadata to the local catalogue, too
Submission of the publication's metadata to the catalogue of the German National Library
Locatable in scientific search engines (Scirus, OAIster)
Locatable in public search engines (Google, Yahoo etc.)