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Frequently Asked Questions

About OpenSky

  1. What is OpenSky?

    OpenSky is the open access institutional repository supporting UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, extending free and open access to our scholarship for the benefit of research and education.

    In addition to ensuring access, OpenSky also provides users with a suite of services tailored to help UCAR, NCAR, and authors.

    • organize, preserve, and track their works share resources more quickly and meaningfully with peers and colleagues,
    • negotiate supportive publishing agreements, and
    • explore publishing alternatives that support enhanced access to scholarly works.

    OpenSky supports UCAR's policy on Open Access, formalizing the institution's half-century long commitment to

    • support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community, nationally and internationally, and
    • foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
  2. What was the inspiration behind OpenSky?

    Highlighting the world-class research conducted at UCAR and NCAR, providing free and open access to this research, and doing so in a way that facilitates the annual publication reporting process.

  3. Why should I contribute my work to OpenSky?


    • Increased citations. Studies have shown that the contribution of works to collections such as OpenSky tends to have a dramatic beneficial impact on citations of those works.
    • Open access. Depositing works in OpenSky will open them to a world of researchers, providing access to those who may not be able to afford or gain access to costly journal subscriptions.


    • Simple. Contribute to OpenSky through a simple Web interface. No additional software or services are required.
    • Streamlined. Submission will occur through the same interface that facilitates NCAR Annual Report publications reporting, eliminating the need for dual entry.
    • Helpful. Contact OpenSky for help on your reporting, submission, and discovery needs.


    • Formats. A dedicated group of Library staff is committed to making sure that the file you deposit today will remain readable for years to come.
    • Preservation. As information professionals, safeguarding your work is our primary concern. OpenSky will be carefully maintained, backed up, and governed by a robust digital preservation plan.
    • Copyright clarity. OpenSky staff can help you decide how to manage your rights for the best possible reuse results.
  4. Who oversees the operations of OpenSky?

    OpenSky is a service provided to the UCAR community by the NCAR Library and Digital Learning Services, which together comprise UCAR’s Integrated Information Services (IIS). High level oversight of OpenSky is provided by the OpenSky Advisory Board.

  5. Whom do I contact about OpenSky?

    The primary contacts at OpenSky are:


  1. What is UCAR's policy on Open Access?

    UCAR's policy on Open Access occurs in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Policy. This policy secures authors' right to the work they create during their tenure at UCAR while also securing for the institution the right to use that work in the future. Making the works available through OpenSky is an example of this use.

  2. When did this policy change go into effect?

    The policy has been in effect since September 10, 2009.

Contribute Works

  1. Who can contribute work to OpenSky?

    Any person or group within UCAR, UCAR, or UCP can contribute works. Works co-authored by individuals who are not employed by UCAR are also accepted, provided one of the listed authors is affiliated with the institution.

  2. How do I submit my work to OpenSky?

    The OpenSky submission form supports all submissions to the repository.  The form provides best practices for completing each field but if you require further assistance, please

  3. What type of work is appropriate for deposit into OpenSky?

    All works that represent the intellectual output and/or contribution of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP are appropriate for deposit into OpenSky. Submission of published, refereed works written by UCAR, NCAR, or UCP staff is required, as outlined by the UCAR Open Access Policy.

    Currently, datasets are not accepted for submission, but OpenSky is able to reference related datasets. If you would like to reference a data set that informed a paper, article, or other resource, contact for assistance.

  4. What version of my scholarly works should I submit?

    Please deposit a copy of your final, refereed manuscript . This version should contain the edits generated throughout the peer-review process but should not have been typeset or formatted by the publisher.

  5. What file types are accepted?

    The following file types are supported by the OpenSky Submission form:
    • MS Word (.doc/x), Powerpoint (.ppt/x), Excel (.xls/x)
    • pdf and PostScript (.ps)
    • mp3 and mp4
    • .wav
    • TIFF, .jpg, and .bmp
    • .txt
    • LaTeX (.tex)
    • .xml
  6. Can I remove items once they've been submitted to OpenSky?

    OpenSky's primary goal is to reliably preserve and provide access to the works it contains. Ours is a long-term commitment, and our staff strongly discourages removal of content. Should extenuating circumstances require that a previous submission be removed, please contact to discuss the options for doing so.

Generate reports using OpenSky

  1. How do I search for publications by lab or division?

    To create reports of publications based on lab or divisional affiliation, you need to use the advanced search options. To search using the advanced filters: a) submit a search from the main page, b) from the search pane click "Advanced filters" to show advanced search options, c) click checkbox for relevant organizational unit within NCAR, UCAR, or UCP, d) submit search.

  2. How do I find all my publications in OpenSky?

    To generate a report of all of your publications in OpenSky, you can search by author last name or UPID (UCAR ID number). To determine your UPID, use UCAR People Search or contact

  3. How do I access OpenSky programmatically to embed it or use in on my own local website?

    OpenSky provides code examples for a javascript-based search using webservices, Drupal 7 and Google Gadget.

Ownership, Copyright, Access and Permissions

  1. What will happen to my deposited materials if I leave UCAR?

    OpenSky does not remove content once it's been deposited. Should you leave, your works will remain within the OpenSky collection.

  2. Can I add previously published work to OpenSky?

    It depends on the nature of your publishing agreement. Works that are in the public domain can certainly be included. Otherwise, provided you hold sufficient rights to the work, you will need to carefully check the language of the copyright transfer or publishing agreement that you signed with your publisher to see if deposit of the work is acceptable. Please contact for help in answering any questions you might have.

  3. Will OpenSky take over the copyright of my contributed works?

    No. Both OpenSky and the UCAR Open Access Policy protect your rights as copyright holder in the works you author or co-author while on staff at UCAR. OpenSky will not restrict what you do with your work.

  4. Who can access the materials in OpenSky?

    Materials deposited to OpenSky will be made available to researchers across the globe. This will include members of UCAR staff, researchers affiliated with UCAR member institutions, and any other individuals interested in accessing the science conducted at UCAR and NCAR facilities.

  5. Can I deposit works but restrict access to them?

    Yes, but only when circumstances require a restriction of access. Should a publication agreement or other conflict preclude you from being able to share your work openly, please contact to discuss your options for contribution.

  6. How do I take advantage of publishing agreements with AMS and AGU?

    As an author you have many options and rights with regard to copyright. If you have questions or concerns about copyright transfer please contact before proceeding with your publication agreement

    AMS and AGU - Together, the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union publish nearly 50% of UCAR scholarship. To ensure broader, expedited access to this research, both AMS and AGU have embargo periods of only six months.