Welcome to Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository (GAIA ANTARTICA), resource of scientific information and outreach specialized in Antarctic and polar topics. Born in the context of the Convenio de Desempeño MINEDUC-MAG 1203 “Gaia Antártica: Conocimiento y Cultura Antártica” and the collaborative partnership of the Universidad de Magallanes (Umag) with higher education and research institutions that contribute to the knowledge of the Antarctic Continent.

Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository’s purpose is to develop a single digital platform to collect, preserve and disseminate scientific, academic and disclosure information about the Antarctic and Antarctic polar areas. All the information must be published under open access policies.

The repository will be administrated by Umag through the Libraries System (SIBUMAG), of Antarctic Programs (DPA) and the Convenio de Desempeño Gaia Antártica: Conocimiento y Cultura Antártica.

The documentary inputs is in charge of collaborating institutions that have so far signed their participation: Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH), Universidad de Chile (UCHILE), Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y Polares (CEHP), Universidad Austral de Chile(UACH) y Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH).

We invite all institutions who are generating research and information about the Antarctic areas to join this vital initiative.


  • To contribute to the Chilean Antarctic memory, preserving and collecting the information about the Antarctic continent produced by institutions involved in an Open Access digital platform.
  • To maximize the visibility, use and impact of the research generated at the collaborating institutions through global access to information.
  • To ensure the continued accessibility to contents relevant to Chile and Antarctic education.
  • To be a link of rapprochement, learning and dissemination for Antarctic science and knowledge developed by the institutions involved.
  • To promote collaborative work between research institutions and universities.


The organization, management and development of the Repository are based on communities and collections.

The Library System of Universidad de Magallanes (SIBUMAG) is administering the repository and its contents for the following purposes:

  1. To maintain the platform using the regular maintenance of hardware, software and networks.
  2. To redistribute or modify the metadata for the records that make up the collections, in the event that, for example, previously unnoticed database errors are detected.
  3. To refute or remove documents from the collections, under certain specific circumstances, such as:
    1. The author requests removal of the document.
    2. A "legal order" requests its removal, in which case there will be communication with the institution holding the document.
  4. To move or update collections.
  5. To perform long-term assessment for maintaining documents.


1. Archives

  • 1.1. Archived documents are centralized by SIBUMAG, considering prior review of author/editor’s rights and relevance of the content.
  • 1.2. Auto-filing of documents applies only to the academics belonging to the "Universidad de Magallanes community " and to collaborating institutions if they so prefer and specify.

2. Contents Policy

GAIA ANTARTICA incorporates documentary production of collaborating institutions, based solely on thematic selection and prior consent of their authors/publishers.

3. Metadata Policy

The metadata are descriptive information that applies to documents and facilitates organization, recovery and inter-operability with related systems, thus helping improve the visibility of the documents.

GAIA ANTARTICA uses the metadata standard Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).

The collaborating institutions can propose or adapt the metadata elements of documents from their collections.

  • 3.1. Any user can access the metadata for free.
  • 3.2. The metadata can be re-used, upon written request, in any place for non-profit purposes, by mentioning the link to the original metadata registry or the OAI identifier
  • 3.3. The repository should be mentioned or cited as Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository. Available at:

4.- Access/use Policies

  • 4.1. Public access to the contents of GAIA ANTARTICA to search and navigate for themes, collections, featured papers and list of past embedded resources is allowed.
  • 4.2. Access is also allowed for research or personal study purposes and for non-profit educational or advertising purposes.
  • 4.3. Contents must be used accurately and with all legal considerations.
  • 4.4. Users may not reproduce, copy, distribute, transform or modify the contents without permission of the author/editor.
  • 4.5. Citations should include the author /s, title and bibliographic data, and the hyperlink and/or URL for the original page of metadata. The Repository should be listed as Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository
  • 4.6. Users should subscribe to the content of the collections by email and RSS news feeds.

5. Copyright and Distribution Policies

  • 5.1. Licensing of archives:
    • 5.1.1. The author or creator is the owner of the copyright of the document. Deposit in GAIA ANTARTICA Repository does not imply assignment of copyright.
    • 5.1.2. The creator (author) and the end user shall be governed by the Creative Commons License, flexible system of copyright.
  • 5.2. Retention of Author/Creator Rights:
    • 5.2.1. The author/creator may remove the material, but the Repository will retain the metadata registry. Withdrawal will be noted in the registry after removal has been requested via email from
    • 5.2.2. Author/creator may modify the registry of a material where there is an error in the income. The Repository will note this correction in the history of the record. To make corrections or modifications to their income, authors/creators should contact the Administrator, indicating clearly the data or files to be modified.
    • 5.2.3. Author/creators should keep copies of documents and use them for any purpose they deem appropriate.
    • 5.2.4. UMAG is responsible for requesting authorizations from authors/publishers for works protected by copyright.

6. Distribution/Uses Policy

  • 6.1. The Repository establishes the Creative Commons License 3.0 that allows users to copy and redistribute the materials in any format under the following conditions:
    1. Proper attribution or recognition.
    2. Non-commercial use.
    3. Creation of derivative works. For more details, please review the license:
  • 6.2. For research or personal study purposes and for non-profit educational or advertising purposes, citations should include the following: author/s, title and bibliographic data, and the hyperlink and/or URL to the original page of metadata.
  • 6.3. The content should not be modified in any way.

7. Free Services

  • 7.1. Training and help: Activities to support and disseminate information about the operation of GAIA ANTARTICA should be incorporated in the platform (manuals) or organized by each Institution through library systems for their users.
  • 7.2. File Download: Users will be able to download full-text versions of documents available in the Repository.

Participation of Collaborating Institutions

General Provisions:

  • 1. Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository is open to more institutions.
  • 2. In a prominent place of its web page each institution should locate a link to Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository.
  • 3. Documents must be deposited first in the Repository and then retrieved to the home catalogs, with the exception of those documents already located in the repository of the originating institution.
  • 4. Each institution may nominate one delegate for the following tasks:
    1. To identify documents that should be in the Repository.
    2. To notify the Administrator regarding any technical faults in the home collections.
    3. To archive documents of the home institution.
    4. To advertise and permanently promote the Repository.
    5. To obtain use statistics of the home collections.
  • 5. The contents’ sole criterion for selection is the Antarctic theme.
  • 6. The documentary types can be the following: articles published in journals (pre-or post-print), Pre- and post-graduate theses, research reports, book chapters, books, photos, audios, videos, technical reports, learning objects, mapping.
  • 7. The permitted formats must support dissemination and preservation:
    1. Broadcast format: PDF, JPG, MPG, MP4, MP3.
    2. Format of preservation: TIFF, high-resolution PDF (Scans should be with OCR).