Scholarly research by Miami University faculty and students is now available in one place online. Miami Scholarly Commons is in a "soft launch" phase but already more than 900 entries have been made, according to John Millard, head of digital initiatives and associate librarian.
Scholarly Commons is an Institutional Repository Project designed to highlight working or published papers, journal articles, presentations, dissertations and theses and other material. "The repository brings together all of the university's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research," says Millard.
The repository, and others like it, are part of an open access movement in scholarly publishing. Open access promotes free, immediate, full-text, online access to scholarly content. "Open access is one way that Miami faculty can reclaim their published research and scholarship and make it available to a larger community," says Millard.
Miami's repository is the work of a team within university libraries and is built on Digital Commons software by Berkeley Electronic press (BePress). Other universities across North America use Digital Commons, as well as institutions in Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
Users are constantly adding information to Miami's site. The site also allows users to subscribe to an RSS feed that will provide them lists of newly posted titles and abstracts or request personalized e-mail notification when papers on topics of interest are posted.
Complete information is available at the site, http://sc.lib.muohio.edu.