Duquesne University School of Law

Announcing “Duquesne University Digital Commons,” a New Institutional Repository to Showcase Research at Duquesne

Hosted by Gumberg Library and DCLI

(April 2016)

If you have questions about this project, please contact Amy Lovell (lovell@duq.edu or 412.396.6292)

Gumberg Library and the Duquesne Center for Legal Information (DCLI) have jointly acquired a platform for a new institutional repository. The institutional repository, Digital Commons, allows for the collection and preservation of Duquesne’s intellectual output and provides a platform for showcasing and increasing the discoverability of the university’s scholarly and creative works.

Materials from all schools will be included in the repository, demonstrating the breadth of knowledge creation taking place at Duquesne. Scholars will be able to archive their work in order to maximize exposure, share research results, or meet funder requirements (or perhaps all three!). Through search engine optimization, the materials in the repository will be more easily discoverable using search engines such as Google. The Digital Commons platform is user-friendly and easily navigable with streamlined processes of uploading and submitting materials for inclusion. The platform also supports journals and other publications with built-in publishing tools to manage submissions and peer-review.

Those conducting research and scholarship at Duquesne will be invited and encouraged to upload their work to the repository according to the provisions of publisher agreements. Gumberg Library plans to work with faculty and students to deepen their understanding of copyright ownership and publisher agreements, as well as the terms of agreements with funders which may require the research to be made publicly available.

The repository will also contain Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) produced by Duquesne graduate students, as well as student work from venues such as the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium and Graduate Student Research Symposium. Existing university journals and other publications, such as the Duquesne Law Review, may consider affiliation with the repository for the purposes of hosting and archiving their content. Materials such as reports, presentations, and conference details, as well as other forms of “grey literature” that do not generally proceed through formal publishing channels can be captured and stored in the repository, extending their lifespan and discoverability and promoting their value as materials to be reused and cited.

The repository platform, Digital Commons, is widely used by colleges and universities around the world to fulfill their scholarly missions. Duquesne will now join the many institutions across the state, including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania, who have adopted Digital Commons. As it has for these institutions, Digital Commons will help amplify the processes of scholarship, research, and creation taking place in every department and discipline across campus.

We look forward to sharing more about this project as it develops in the months to come.

written by Gesina Phillips, Gumberg Library Digital Scholarship Librarian & Kelley Cotter, Gumberg Library Marketing & Electronic Communications Librarian