Written by on March 2, 2010

Faculty Endorse Sharing Research through DigitalCommons@CalPoly

On Tuesday, February 9, 2010, the Cal Poly Faculty Academic Senate passed a resolution endorsing campus-wide faculty participation in the DigitalCommons@CalPoly to enhance global access and availability of research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA).

The resolution states:

Resolved: That the Cal Poly Academic Senate recommends campus-wide faculty participation in the university repository to enhance global access and availability of RSCA; and be it further that the Cal Poly Academic Senate recommends participation by Cal Poly institutes and centers to enhance the visibility of their research outputs.

The DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a campus service launched in Fall of 2008 by Kennedy Library, aims to support the increased campus emphasis on scholarship by increasing the availability of research, scholarship and creative work created at Cal Poly by digitally archiving:

  • faculty research (journal publications, conference proceedings, presentations, white papers, and other outputs of scholarly and creative activity);
  • campus created content (campus journals, research reports and other publications of campus institutes and research centers);
  • student-generated scholarship including theses, graduate internship reports and senior projects.

Since Fall 2008, over 6,700+ items have been added to the DigitalCommons, representing one of the broadest assortment of academic and institutional content among similar repositories in the nation, including:

  • peer-reviewed publications and proceedings
  • artwork
  • alumni publications
  • campus promotional materials
  • eBooks
  • campus master plans
  • course catalogs dating back to 1903
  • senior projects
  • theses & project reports
  • other faculty, staff and student generated research, scholarship and creative outputs

These items — indexed and available to search engines like Google — can be viewed and accessed widely both by campus constituents as well as new audiences around the world. Since its launch, the content on DigitalCommons has received over 185,000 downloads from over 129 countries and territories including China, India, Japan, Brazil and Mexico.

DigitalCommons@Cal Poly is rated first among all Digital Commons repositories opened in the past two years, has received national attention from the library community for the unusual speed of growth and the immutable focus on campus service. By deliberately lowering time and expertise barriers for participation by faculty and other members of the Cal Poly community, the DigitalCommons service has become enormously popular.

Members of the Cal Poly academic community are invited to contribute completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility through the DigitalCommons. To get started, contact Marisa Ramirez, Digital Repository Librarian, at ude.yloplacnull@41rimarm or 805.756.7040.

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