QNL Launches “Manara”, A New Research Repository for Qatar
Doha, April 02 (QNA) – Qatar National Library (QNL) has launched “Manara” Qatar Research Repository, an open platform that captures, preserves, and provides access to scholarly research created in the country. It aims to promote the global visibility, impact and discoverability of Qatar’s research across all disciplines.
Manara, which is available at https://manara.qnl.qa/, is managed by the Library and co-funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). By becoming a digital archive of Qatar’s research, the new platform aligns with the Library’s mission to create and sustain an intuitive and trusted information environment in a culturally and technologically exceptional setting. The repository supports both Arabic and English traditional research outputs, such as articles, conference proceedings, and monographs, as well as non-traditional outputs in the form of datasets and software, multimedia materials, posters and presentations.
Executive Director at Qatar National Library Tan Huism said: “Manara Qatar Research Repository enriches the country’s research infrastructure by supporting researchers to make their work discoverable, which can raise their international visibility and impact. We are excited at the possibilities and opportunities to support these goals. Our aim is for Manara to be a reliable, respected and sustainable shared service, facilitating the best management practices for research output, and preserving Qatar’s research output for future generations.”
Open access is a core value for the Library and has motivated its efforts to develop and advocate for open access research in Qatar and internationally for many years. One of the Library’s main initiatives is the Open Access Program, which supports the transformation of research publishing to new models that ensure outputs are open and re-usable.
The Open Access Program also supports research publications by covering article processing charges. Since the program began operating in 2017, the Qatar National Library Consortium has supported around 1,500 researchers from 33 Qatari institutions, with more than 3,300 papers published as open access. Manara will preserve all research papers supported by the Library’s Open Access Program, eventually expanding to all open access research outputs from Qatar.
The Manara Repository is also an element of a broader cooperation between the Library and QNRF on research data management and preservation, and it was designed and developed in cooperation between the Library and QNRF. Manara’s support for research data archiving and publishing will also allow Qatar-based researchers to comply with open access requirements of international research funding agencies and publishers.
The Library aims to engage with various research and public institutions in Qatar, to see how Manara can serve as their own institutional repository.
This approach would allow the institutions to maintain full control over their research outputs and promote them, while building on the Library’s expertise and infrastructure.
The Library also invites individual researchers to use the platform to preserve and share their research with global audiences.