Digital Archives Showcases Cal Poly Scholarship

From Kennedy Library's 2008 Annual Publication (23MB PDF).

The Robert E. Kennedy Library has launched the DigitalCommons@CalPoly, an online initiative that provides a centralized location to preserve and provide unlimited access to the rich variety of intellectual and scholarly work produced at Cal Poly.

The DigitalCommons@CalPoly contains research from a variety of disciplines including agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, liberal arts, mathematics and science. The DigitalCommons also serves as the digital archive for campus-hosted events including the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference 2008 and campus journals, like Moebius (College of Liberal Arts) and Focus (Department of City and Regional Planning).

One Central Online Location

By collecting scholarship in one central online location, Cal Poly showcases faculty research to new audiences, including potential students, fellow faculty, funding agencies, and other universities. And because DigitalCommons@CalPoly is optimized for fast and accurate indexing by Google and other Internet search engines, it's easy to find and download content.

DigitalCommons was launched in October 2007 with support from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Faculty have been very receptive to the DigitalCommons service. They get excited when they see how easy it is for them to share their current and past work with students and colleagues," says Marisa Ramirez, Digital Repository Librarian. "For authors who don't have time to contribute digital copies of their research, we'll scan their work, create PDFs, contact publishers for copyright permissions, prepare metadata to enhance search and retrieval, and upload and create entries."

In its first year, DigitalCommons:

  • Added over 700 scholarly documents.
  • Had more than 3,770 downloaded tools.
  • Created over 30 personal researcher pages for faculty.

Get more information

Interested faculty should contact Marisa and provide citations of their work. "We'll do the rest. We'll post any materials they have authored: journal articles, conference proceedings, presentations, white papers, essays, technical reports, and campus publications."