Since launching in April 2012, Digital Repository @ Iowa State University has grown quickly! In October, we uploaded our 10,000th item in our repository—meaning we are now providing free and open access to over 10,000 journal articles, manuscripts, extension publications, presentations, posters, audio recordings and other great work produced by our faculty, students and staff.
Here at Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, we enjoy great working relationships with other departments in the Iowa State University Library. Our colleagues in the library play important roles in education, outreach, processing, and in identifying new content to add to the repository.
With the help of the Special Collections and Preservation departments, we are beginning to add historical technical reports and research bulletins to the repository. These reports are identified and provided by Special Collections, then digitized by the Preservation Department. We take care of uploading these reports and bulletins to the repository.
After some summer doldrums, Digital Repository @ Iowa State University uploaded its 9,000th item: David J. White and Heath Gieselman’s technical report, “Phase I (Laboratory): Investigation of Soil Stabilization Alternatives—Texas SH 130.”
When I give my presentations to faculty groups, a question I commonly get is, “How many of your visitors are academic? Where are they coming from?”
I knew I could identify university-based visitors using Google Analytics, but I didn’t have enough knowledge of GA to identify these visitors easily. I’m currently sitting in a workshop on Google Analytics conducted by Bram Luyten, from @mire, at the Open Repositories conference in Prince Edward Island.
Using some nifty tricks, I can see that ~23% of our visitors from June 2012 to July 2013 (our first full fiscal year of operation) are coming from academic institutions. The list of the top 20 institutions are below: Continue reading
Even though it’s summer and my student employees are enjoying their vacation, we’re continuing to add Iowa State scholarship to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University at a breakneck pace. As we make more scholarship available to the world, the number of downloads we’re enjoying are also increasing rapidly.
Today,we’ve achieved a double milestone! We deposited our 8,000th item and received our 500,000th download!
Working through the vitas from our faculty in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Food Science and Human Nutrition departments, I noticed that a number of our faculty had successfully applied for patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Our nascent collection of patents quickly drew the eye of our repository platform vendor, bepress, who recently featured our patent collection in their blog, DC Telegraph.
When I began working under Harrison last semester, one of my first projects was to edit and create department profiles for the Digital Repository’s “Colleges and Departments” section. My work involved researching the departments’ histories—mergers and divisions, name changes, function, etcetera. My primary resources for this project were the University Catalogs (available for public viewing in the Special Collections lobby).
In Iowa State University’s 155 years of service to the state’s academic environment, numerous departments have been created, discontinued, merged together and divided. By and large, the departments we have today all possess intricate histories. Some departments, such as the Department of Mechanical Engineering, are nearly as old as the university, and have changed very little in name or function in the span of their history. Other departments have moved from one College to another, such as the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which at its conception in the 1890s was found in the Division of Engineering and was associated with Electrical Engineering. And still other departments which exist today are the result of a merger between two or more departments, such as the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS), which was formed in 1991 with the merger of the departments of Child Development and Family Environment.
Over 7,000 scholarly works are now available through Digital Repository @ Iowa State University!
The 7,000th item deposited in DR@ISU is James Jensen and Kevin Van Dee’s 2003 article, “Planting Date and Polymer-Coated Seed Effects on Corn.” The article is from the Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports.
Published annually, the farm reports provide research project updates on agricultural research and agriculture-related scientific activities at thirteen research farms located in and around Ames and across Iowa.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of my job as Digital Repository Coordinator at Iowa State University. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself, share what we’ve accomplished in the past year and give a glimpse into where I hope we can take the repository in the future.
The way Digital Repository @ Iowa State University is organized is pretty typical of institutional repositories. Content in DR@ISU is organized hierarchically, where our communities mirroring our academic departments, research centers and institutes, administrative offices, student organizations and other campus units.