Written by on September 21, 2009

DigitalCommons@CalPoly Reaches 100,000 Downloads

The Robert E. Kennedy Library congratulates Computer Science Assistant Professor Christopher Clark, for being the 100,000th download from the DigitalCommons@CalPoly. The lucky article, “Archaeology via Underwater Robots: Mapping and Localization within Maltese Cistern Systems” can be viewed online.

“This paper focused on the development of a robotic system capable of navigating underwater tunnel systems and using sensors to create maps of the tunnels. The research directly applied to mapping ancient water cisterns found underneath Malta’s fortresses and churches,” said Clark.

“This research is at the nexus of robotics, computer science, archaeology, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. By sharing my work on the DigitalCommons@CalPoly, my published research is much more visible and available to a larger sphere, particularly those that might not be able to afford journal or membership subscriptions.”

The DigitalCommons@CalPoly is the university’s digital archive, providing open access to faculty and student research, scholarship, creative works as well as relevant documents created by administrative offices, departments and programs at Cal Poly.

“Usage of content on DigitalCommons has been incredible in the first year,” said Michael D. Miller, Dean of Library Services. “It goes to show that there is a great interest and demand for the research and creative outputs by Cal Poly. We anticipate that these numbers will continue increase at even faster clip since student work, including theses and senior projects, are available online through the DigitalCommons.”

The DigitalCommons@CalPoly ranks 1st amongst open access DigitalCommons sites established in the last two years and ranks 12th out of all DigitalCommons sites in total number of items available. Since its launch in September 2008, the site has received visits from over 80 countries and territories including China, India, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. The site boasts the broadest assortment of academic and institutional content among all DigitalCommons repositories. Collections include:

  • Abstracts
  • Alumni publications
  • Annual reports
  • Architectural plans
  • Campus periodicals
  • Campus photographs
  • Conference proceedings
  • eBooks
  • Finding aids
  • Master plans
  • Master’s theses
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Press releases
  • Senior projects
  • Staff publications
  • WASC reports

“We’re very excited about reaching the 100,000 download milestone,” said Marisa Ramirez, Digital Repository Librarian for the DigitalCommons@CalPoly. “This is fantastic way to show off the research, scholarship and the diversity of other activities and accomplishments of Cal Poly.”


Marisa Ramirez, Digital Repository Librarian, 805-756-7040

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