A service of the Robert E. Kennedy Library, DigitalCommons@CalPoly is the University’s digital archive. It recently marked its one-millionth download since its launch three years ago in September 2008.
Number One in the CSU
Top-ranked among similar open-access sites and number one in the CSU system, DigitalCommons@CalPoly collects, preserves and provides access to scholarly work created at Cal Poly in order to promote discovery, research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and instruction. The repository also provides access to relevant documents created by Cal Poly administrative offices, departments and programs.
“DigitalCommons reached this milestone in three short years, which demonstrates the high value and interest in Cal Poly student and faculty work,” said Anna Gold, University Librarian. “This service increases the visibility and access to scholarship and the diversity of other activities and accomplishments of Cal Poly.” Over 11,000 items are available through the site, and visitors from over 160 countries and territories including China, India, Japan, Brazil and Germany have downloaded material.
Our Information Age
The one-millionth download was Cal Poly 2010 graduate Jeffrey Migliore’s Computer Engineering Senior Project, “RFID Asset Tracking and Digital Check-Out System.” Migliore currently works for Evoknow, Inc., an open-source web technologies company in Sacramento. “Open-access research, much like Open-Source software, has made a monumental impact prevalent in our everyday life — it has improved it. Being able to contribute to our Information Age is an honor, privilege, and I feel, even our duty,” Migliore said.
Learn by Doing
Dr. Hugh Smith, Computer Engineering Director and Senior Project Advisor said, “Jeff’s project is an excellent example of Cal Poly’s learn by doing. Allowing anyone, including current and prospective students, easy access to projects like Jeff’s, gives them a idea of how Cal Poly’s learn by doing philosophy is put into practice.”
In addition, says Dr. Smith, “One of the biggest barriers to developing multi-disciplinary projects is not knowing what the students from other majors can bring to the project. The fact that other students can have easy access to student work outside of their major will facilitate future multidisciplinary projects.”
Members of the Cal Poly community are invited to contribute completed scholarship and university material to DigitalCommons@CalPoly for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility.