Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)

About DERA

The IOE UK Digital Education Repository Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families. The IOE library has always collected this material in both print and electronic format. However the increasing number of publications that are available in electronic only format, and the problem of broken links and disappearing documents concerns us greatly. Our aim is the permanent preservation of all electronic publications within scope. Already well used with over 200,000 unique visitors per year we anticipate this will become a nationally recognised and valued resource for researchers worldwide. Our aim is to create a coherent fully searchable digital archive in our specialist subject areas. We are committed to making it permanently and freely accessible to all.

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Collection statement

The repository includes documents published electronically by the UK Government, UK Parliament (including devolved Assemblies), government departments, semi-official organisations (quangos) and think tanks in the areas of education, training, children and families. All publications are added subject to copyright permission and are available in perpetuity. Government and departmental publications are collected at a high level of intensity, material published by quangos and think tanks is acquired more selectively, often following an agreement between the UCL Institute of Education and the individual organisation.

The repository includes:

Press releases, forms, letters, promotional material and documents containing personal information are not collected. The default format for DERA items is PDF and documents originally produced in other file formats are converted to PDF where possible. Images are redacted if they lack explicit permission to be re-used, providing that the document in which they are included can be modified.

Contact Information

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