Repository Organization: The Basics

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.

Repository Organization

On our home page, you’ll see that all our communities are broadly organized by type: Colleges and Departments; Administrative and Service Units; Centers, Institutes and Research Units; Extension and Outreach and Student Organizations. (These are followed by Theses and Dissertations and DR@ISU Originals, which feature original publications, and SelectedWorks Gallery, which contains all the author profiles for our faculty and staff who are actively participating in the repository).

The view from our Home page

The view from our Home page

Within these broad categories, you’ll find communities for each campus unit, organized roughly according to Iowa State’s organizational structure.

In each community, you’ll find what we call “series,” or lists of scholarship available for download in the repository. These series align with types of scholarship. Common series you’ll find in our communities include Publications and Papers; Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations; and Theses and Dissertations.

Series in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Series in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

We do this for several reasons. First, we are able to customize our metadata to match each different scholarship type. Thus, our descriptions for Publications and Papers includes fields like, Journal or Book Title; DOI; Volume and Issue Number; and First and Last Page. For Conference Papers, we list the conference title and location. We also geolocate our conference materials, so users can see the national and global reach our faculty and staff have through their presentations.

Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian Jeff Kushkowski presented at a conference in Syracuse, NY.

Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian Jeff Kushkowski presented at a conference in Syracuse, NY.

We can also display materials in our repository in ways that best showcase the different scholarship types. Public-oriented materials, such as our Extension and Outreach publications, are presented a more visual way than our theses and dissertations. Creative works, such as our Preservation Department’s Conservation Treatments and Enclosures portfolio, are displayed as an image gallery.

Families and Health Extension Publications

Families and Health Extension Publications

Organizing our scholarship by type isn’t the only way we can present work in the repository. Future posts will explain additional methods of organizing content we’ve put in place to meet the needs of the Iowa State community.

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