26 September 2011

FMO Re-Launch

Forced Migration Online (FMO) has undergone a significant transformation. While it continues to provide access to the same wide variety of content, the look and structure of the site have been completely revamped. The result is a cleaner, brighter and more easily navigated resource.

A few highlights... :

- The new FMO more clearly stipulates how its content can be used, with a link on the home page to the copyright status of its resources and information about the Creative Commons license predominantly used on the site.

- Free access to selected articles from the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) and the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS). The old FMO formerly hosted a complete archive of back issues for these journals; however, when the original agreement expired, OUP decided not to continue this arrangement, but it did allow a selection of articles (three from every volume) to be made available to FMO users. (Now if authors deposited eprints of their articles in Open Access repositories, this would no longer be an issue, but that's a subject for a different post!)

- More search options are now available; users can browse or search individual resources or they can use the search box in the top right corner to search across the site. The Digital Library continues to have its own specialized search function as well.

- There are more ways to keep up with new information and developments either via the RSS feeds that have been created for most resources, the Facebook page, the Twitter feed, the blog, or the newsletter.

Some wrinkles are still being ironed out so users may continue to notice changes. Otherwise, start exploring!

Many thanks to the FMO team for all their hard work!

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