EOLAS is the online repository for the Irish Further Education and Training (FET) sector maintained by the Digital Library of Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). It aims to bring together, preserve, and provide free access to research and other output of ETBI and the 16 ETBs. Content includes but is not limited to articles, presentations, conference papers, reports and more.
What is a Repository?
A repository is an archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual and other output of an institution (or sector).
What type of content can be uploaded to EOLAS?
EOLAS aims to bring together a wide range of content produced by the Irish FET sector. Content can include but is not limited to:
- Research and other academic outputs
- Conference outputs
- Conference papers
- Poster presentations
- High quality learner output
- Content from trade magazines
- Book chapters
Benefits of EOLAS
There are many benefits to submitting work to EOLAS. EOLAS collects, preserves and disseminates the output of ETB FET sector staff, hosting where possible the full-text of the work or otherwise linking to it if not. It is searchable by subject and will be organised such that the work of each ETB will be stored together in mini-repositories (also called communities within EOLAS).
Benefits of EOLAS include:
- Public content:
- Work on EOLAS is publicly available without restriction
- Content is easy to share
- Links on EOLAS are stable and consistent and will not change over time.
- Makes content easy to find
- Content on EOLAS is indexed by Google and Google Scholar, an academic search engine.
- Preserves and archives content
- Increases impact of work
- Fosters collaboration
- EOLAS can help you find authors with similar interests
- Enhances the reputation of the sector
- By bringing together the content produced by the ETBs, EOLAS highlights the expertise in the sector
- Provides examples of best practice
- By uploading high quality learner work, EOLAS provides examples of best practice for current and future learners.