OpenUCT is the open access institutional repository of the University of Cape Town (UCT). It makes available and digitally preserves the scholarly outputs produced at UCT, including theses and dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, technical and research reports, and open educational resources. These resources are organised into collections that are mapped against the university's organisational structure. The repository has been developed in line with international interoperability and metadata standards using DSpace open source software, and is indexed by all major search engines. It was launched in July 2014.
UCT first expressed its commitment to openness in April 2008 when it signed the Cape Town Declaration on Open Education. This commitment was further cemented in November 2011 when UCT signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The mechanism to share the knowledge produced at UCT became a reality when Council adopted an Open Access Policy in March 2014. The Policy is a commitment to preserving the "scholarly work of UCT scholars and to make this scholarship discoverable, visible and freely available online to anyone who seeks it".
The OpenUCT repository was developed as part of the broader OpenUCT Initiative, a project funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.