Project History

Over the years, the original publications server was no longer responding to the needs of its users; the University of Luxembourg’s (UL) researchers. Their needs evolved together with technological advancement in repositories. The new version of ORBilu has been developed and tested by the Universite of Liège, and we have now worked on it to suit the needs of our University.  At the heart of ORBilu is the placement of authors at the centre of the publication process.

ORBilu was launched at the University of Luxembourg in 2013, and is accompanied by a University Deposit Mandate. The development of ORBilu has always been a collaboration between the University of Luxembourg and the University of Liège.


The history ORBilu

During the course of 2010 and 2011, the University of Luxembourg began discussions with the University of Liège regarding their digital repository, ORBi. ORBi was gaining great strides at the University of Liège (ULiège) and the University of Luxembourg could see the advantages it was bringing to ULiège's authors and the institution itself.

In 2010, Alma Swan (Director of European Advocacy, SPARC Europe) produced a summary of studies showing the citation advantage found by making documents available via Open Access. Online articles in the field of medicine have the advantage of being mentioned 86% to 300% more often than off line items. Articles in communications/IT showed an advantage of between 200% and 580% with the lowest advantage being mathematics ranging from 35% to 600%. Numerous other publications point in the same direction (see the Open Citation Project bibliography).

The 10th of May 2012 saw the official signing of the collaboration agreement between the University of Liège and the University of Luxembourg for the implementation of ORBi at UL. The event, moderated by Lucienne Blessing, was able to convey to the audience the value of self-archiving and Open Access and included presenters such as Alma Swan, Bernard Rentier (Rector, University of Liège) and Paul Thirion (Director,ULiège Library Network).

In 2012, the University of Luxembourg Executive Team decided to make deposit in ORBilu mandatory:

The University of Luxembourg requires all University members to deposit:

  1. full-text electronic copies of all peer-reviewed articles and papers from published conference proceedings published from 1 January 2009 onwards; and
  2. bibliographic references of all their scientific production published since 1 January 2009.

For full details regarding the mandate, see Deposit Mandate. For the full mandate text, please see Open Access and the University of Luxembourg's Digital Repository Mandate. For more details regarding the mandate, please see FAQ: The University of Luxembourg’s Digital Repository Mandate.

ORBilu was officially launched on the 22nd April 2013. The acronym ORBi stands for "Open Repository and Bibliography". It also expresses the Latin word "orbi" ("for the world") and signals the will of the University to make its academic research available to everyone, without barriers, be they legal, financial or technical. By keeping the ORBi name and adding “lu”, the University of Luxembourg wants to show its appreciation for the work done by the University of Liège but also clearly indicate that this is a version adapted to the UL context.


ORBilu's connections

ORBilu has various 'connections' with certain established information systems to help increase the visibility of the publications it showcases:





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