“Repository” means "storehouse" or "treasure house". Research institutions like universities perform various kinds of educational and research activities, producing vast amount of valuable academic articles and materials. The system where these research outputs are preserved in digital forms on a server and freely accessed through the Internet is called an "Academic (Institutional) repository"(Niigata Uni.).
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