ACER Research Repository figures prominently into the Australian Council for Educational Research’s strategy to create and promote “research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning” across the globe. They strive to capture as many publications as possible so that they can make the institution’s valuable research openly accessible world-wide. While their content is most heavily accessed locally, ACER’s readership distribution map also shows significant access in places like the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and India.
Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications and Digital Repository Librarian at The University of Pennsylvania, was able to say yes to the Singh Center for Nanotechnology when they asked for a time-saving method of making their detailed technical protocols accessible to all—the repository was a perfect fit. Eric Johnston, Program Manager and Soft Lithography Manager at the Singh Center, used ScholarlyCommons’s flexible publication structures to make the Quatrone Nanofab Facility’s standard operating procedures publicly available, including video tutorials, lab protocols, and tool data. This turned out to be extremely useful to the faculty and staff running the lab, as scholars come from far and near to use their specialized equipment. Publishing these protocols saves valuable training time and eases staffing, making it simple for visiting scholars and students to correctly use the lab’s equipment.
Because of the relationship she had built with the Singh Center and Eric Johnston through this work, Sarah invited him to speak at UPenn’s Open Access Week in 2015. The panel featured faculty talking about their experiences publishing scholarly work on open access platforms and Eric shared the IR’s role in the success of a recent NSF grant. As part of the grant application, a research team at the Singh Center made their work openly available in ScholarlyCommons and provided links in the NSF proposal. When reviewers at NSF saw the application, they were so impressed with the presentation of materials on the IR that they highly commended the team on it, which was icing on the cake of a successful grant.
Looking for inspiration in planning Open Access Week events this October 24th – 30th? The Digital Commons Community has plenty of experience creating successful OA Week events and resources to educate faculty, students, and staff, highlighting IR services that help promote sustainable scholarly communication. Remember that expert advice and inspiring examples are at your fingertips in the Scholarly Communications Experts Directory.
Here’s what some of them are doing this October:
- The University of Central Florida is kicking off their week with true flair, hosting a piratical fest for Open Access Week called “If you’re going to be a pirate, be a legal pirate.” They invited the campus to join them in the week’s events which include hunting for treasure, a SelectedWorks profile building workshop, and presentations on open access publishing.
- UMass Medical School’s repository eScholarship@UMMS created this eye-catching flyer promoting their open access Journal of eScience Librarianship and highlighting the benefits of publishing in their OA journal, including exposure, innovation, and evidence of impact.
- The University of Kentucky Libraries is hosting a panel discussion about the use and impact of OERs titled “Open in Action: Open Education Resources Contribute to Student Success,” where they will discuss how OA publishing in the IR can address the rising costs of higher education.
- Past OA Week event archives chock full of good ideas can be found in the Scholarworks@UMassAmherst repository of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2015 they focused on “the ways in which collaboration both inspires and advances the Open Access movement,” including a presentation (open access, naturally!) on “Open Access, Copyright, and Fair Use for Theses and Dissertations.” This year’s theme is “Open in Action,” where they are encouraging “all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research.”
- If you need ideas for presentations and messaging, Isaac Gilman’s “Open Access in 15 Minutes (or less)” is a great place to start.
Kenyon College and Missouri University of Science and Technology Roll bepress Archive into Their Preservation Plans
We’ve been busy fielding calls since introducing bepress Archive in May, talking about solutions for preservation plans, supporting grants, and more. As a quick refresher, the service partners with Amazon to give schools more flexible options for preserving their content. While bepress doesn’t charge for the service, customers are required to create their own Amazon S3 accounts. We caught up with a couple administrators who are already using the service to get their perspectives.
For the past two years, Jenna Nolt at Kenyon College has been exploring what it would take to set up a preservation plan for the library, and has participated in a digital preservation task force with the Digital Collaborations Group of the Five Colleges of Ohio. For Jenna, the introduction of bepress Archive came at the perfect time. She explains, “Cloud storage is becoming a bigger component of digital preservation. For me, the benefits are having globally distributed copies of our files, direct access to our files, and a 3rd-party backup with Amazon.”
While Jenna was primarily looking for backup for her entire IR, bepress Archive also helps with another role that she plays in the library: supporting faculty with grant applications. Jenna helps faculty write the digital preservation portions of grant applications, and has worked with other offices at Kenyon to designate Digital Kenyon as the primary repository for data and other grant-related output. The additional layer of security provided by bepress Archive strengthens the case that she is able to make with funders.
Roger Weaver at Missouri University of Science and Technology has another specific use for the service. While MST maintains TIFF copies of their content on their own servers in addition to the DC platform, bepress Archive lets him “quickly manipulate content in the system” in a way he couldn’t otherwise.
Both Jenna and Roger commented on the ease of set-up and the affordable cost. Jenna said, “I didn’t know it, but Kenyon already had an S3 account, so once I spoke to my IT department, they were able to give me the required information very quickly. Overall it took five days from when I brought this to bepress to getting the archive set up.” Roger pointed out that the service is significantly cheaper than other options, saying “I couldn’t believe it; I think I paid less than $10 for my last monthly bill.”
We’ve had quite a few conversations about bepress Archive and are looking forward to more. If you are in the process of developing a digital preservation plan for your campus, have a special use case to share, or just want to learn more about the service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augustana College sees their repository, Augustana Digital Commons, as an integral part of their broader mission to foster student success. Research & Instruction Librarians Amanda Makula and Connie Ghinazzi got creative about promoting the many benefits their repository offers students in their latest project. They created a promotional video of students talking about how they love seeing when and where their work is being read in the monthly Author Readership Reports and Dashboard tools, and how much they value the opportunity to position themselves well for graduate school and future career opportunities.
Undergraduate Ninna Mendoza said that “Augustana Digital Commons has allowed me to share my work with a much broader audience,” and, referring to the global downloads she saw in the Readership Reports, “It is really cool to know my ideas can be spread worldwide.” Other students spoke of how easy it was to upload their work in the system, and how exciting it was to see graduate schools they’d applied to downloading their papers. Today, with the enthusiastic support of faculty, whole classes hold sessions in the library where they can upload their class projects and research papers, getting firsthand experience in scholarly publishing.
Let us know at email@example.com if you too have a resource we can share with the community.
This fall we have a great bepress webinar lineup for you, covering topics from open access impact stories to showcasing institutional expertise to launching successful scholarly communication initiatives. We hope you can join us!
To register and to see details, please click on the registration links below. For more information and for other upcoming events, please see our event calendar. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: Leveraging Research Expertise at Health Care Centers
Date: Wednesday, September 21 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Showcase Faculty Expertise with the New Expert Gallery
Date: Thursday, September 22 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Connecting the Dots: Scholarly Impact and the Institutional Mission
Date: Thursday, September 29 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Open Access: 100 Stories of Impact
Date: Thursday, October 6 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Bot Shields: Activate! Ensuring Reliable Repository Download Statistics
Date: Thursday, October 13 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Small but Mighty: Launching a Successful Scholarly Communications Initiative with Limited Resources
Date: Thursday, November 10 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Title: Meeting Critical Institutional Goals: Repository Initiatives at Health Science Libraries
Date: Thursday, November 29 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Registration: Coming Soon
Our most recent product release includes a new Impact Dashboard, designed to show a department, center, or school’s impact at a glance. It is available to all SelectedWorks users as part of the new suite of faculty and researcher reporting tools.
In addition to the familiar Usage Reports, Explore Readership, and Share the Dashboard tabs, the Impact Dashboard features a Snapshot Report tab with an overview of the types of profiles and works on your institution’s SelectedWorks profile pages. Filters for dates, disciplines, positions, and organizations allow you to focus your view on a specific set of profiles, making it easy to share a department’s activity and impact with the dean or other stakeholders.
Look for the Impact Dashboard when logged into your SelectedWorks account, from both your Menu and the Reports tab of the Manage Institutions page. Get in touch with email@example.com if you have any questions!
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University “offers the world’s most comprehensive collection of academic programs focused in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering, and security,” and it is important to demonstrate that their scholarship is relevant to the most renowned agencies in these industries. The Institutions Panel in the ERAU Scholarly Commons Dashboard shows downloads from top organizations like NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation.
The Institutions panel can be filtered to show users by type of institution. In this case, for example, we have highlighted government agencies. For more information about this feature check out this short tutorial, or contact your consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERAU’s Institutions panel, filtered for government organizations
The Index of Texas Archaeology launched earlier this year with the aim of providing open access to the gray literature that results from archaeological investigations in the state of Texas. With this Texas-focused goal in mind, it is important for Stephen F. Austin State University to be able to illustrate that this collection of scholarship is particularly impactful in the local region. Indeed, looking at the heat map of the index’s readership, it is clear that most readers are coming from within the state, including from the Texas Department of Transportation, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio.
Index of Texas Archeology’s Heat Map
The Digital Commons Dashboard offers several visualizations, filters, and sharing options, making it easy for you to demonstrate the impact of your institution’s scholarship. We’ve been bowled over by the creative ways you’ve been using these tools!
Digital Repository Specialist and IR All-Star at SUNY Brockport Kim Myers shares, “In June we launched our digital imprint, SUNY Brockport eBooks, with Columna deportiva: Artículos sobre deporte, ética y sociedad. It truly has international appeal, with only 10% of its readership coming from the United States. It immediately went into the Top Ten downloads, although it is now near the bottom of the list, six weeks in. I shared a shortcut to the dashboard in early June, and [Brockport faculty member and co-author Dr. César R. Torres] has visited it – or perhaps shared it with others 112 times (of which 103 were in the first month)!”