10 Million Downloads: Sharing Cal Poly Scholarship Worldwide

Discovery Across Disciplines

In October 2015 DigitalCommons@CalPoly http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/ achieved a major milestone: 10 million downloads, from 160 countries, since the digital archive launched in 2008!

Nicola Leyshon’s recently uploaded thesis “Temporal changes to fire risk in disparate wildland urban interface communities” was the 10 millionth download from DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

“Having my graduate thesis up on the Digital Commons at Cal Poly has been a great way for me to share my graduate work with colleagues, friends and family. I hope that the model I developed in my thesis can be used by others to measure fire risk in the Wildland Urban Interface, and as a base for further research.” said Ms. Leyshon (MS Forestry Sciences 2015). “It is great to be the 10 millionth download! It really shows how many great research projects have come out of Cal Poly and been used around the world.”

DigitalCommons@CalPoly increases the visibility and impact of Cal Poly scholarship around the world,” said Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services. “Faculty and students who share their work via open access are making their work more discoverable and accessible, contributing both to our academic and global communities.”

Visitors from more than 160 countries and territories have accessed more than 31,000 items of faculty and student scholarship and campus publications from the digital archive.

Cal Poly’s digital archive is one of hundreds of open access archives managed by libraries and other research institutions around the world, and it supports new mandates to share the results of research funded by major federal research funding agencies.


For more information about contributing to DigitalCommons@CalPoly, contact Digital Repository Coordinator Michele Wyngard.