Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech
The Van Pelt and Opie Library announces the launch of Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, a digital institutional repository offering worldwide access to research, scholarship, campus publications, and other creative works by members of the Michigan Tech community. Digital Commons provides and preserves access to many types of documents and publications, from articles and reports, to books, journals, conference proceedings, and other creative works.
Tools are provided to manage the publication process, including peer review. Documents may be organized by college, department, or individual scholar. Access can be open to the public, or restricted by Michigan Tech ISO login or unique password, where desirable.
To build solid support for this array of possibilities, the library has adopted a project-based approach in order to explore technical and metadata requirements, intellectual property issues and development timeframe's. Our three current projects include:
- Michigan Tech master's theses/reports and dissertations
- a scholarly symposium for Spring 2014
- A special celebration for Winter Carnival 2014 (coming soon)
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
Very few institutions, including Michigan Tech, can afford access to theses and dissertations from other universities. For this reason, open, digital repositories such as the Digital Commons platform are an important step in supporting the open access trend toward sharing resources, as well as significantly increasing the visibility of Michigan Tech's scholarship. We join over 300 international universities and colleges in the Digital Commons network, which brings together over 800,00 scholarly articles, proceedings, textbooks and other works. While such scholarly works can be difficult to locate online, Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech is designed to operate seamlessly with popular search engines to increase discoverability.
Our growing repository currently consists of Michigan Tech dissertations, master's theses and reports, and dissertations (1998-present) originally submitted for online access through the library's catalog. Since launch, Michigan Tech theses and dissertations have been downloaded over 15,000 times.