Central University Libraries, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and the Office of Information Technology have combined resources to create the SMU Digital Repository, an online archive for collecting and sharing the scholarly work of SMU faculty, staff, and students.  This strategic partnership is headed by Dean and Director of Central University Libraries Gillian McCombs, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James Quick, and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Joe Gargiulo. The SMU Digital Repository is located at digitalrepository.smu.edu.

Utilizing the Digital Commons software platform from Berkeley Electronic Press, the SMU Digital Repository provides open access to research documents, articles, conference agendas and papers, theses, and scholarly image collections created by SMU faculty, students and academic staff.  The Digital Commons software also allows the publishing of open access or subscription-based journals, and includes journal management software to customize workflows.

The SMU Digital Repository Team, (consisting of Faculty Liaison Josh Lupkin, PhD., Repository Coordinator Jacob Brown, and the Norwick Center for Digital Services – nCDS), works with faculty and academic units to identify, manage, upload, and present via the internet a wide range of text, image, video, audio, database and other files that showcase SMU’s research and scholarly achievements.

The Scholarly Digitization Program, offered by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, funds the digitization of analog/physical materials (through the nCDS) for university affiliates who would like to contribute non-digital materials to the Repository but lack the technology or funds required to digitize them.  Up to $25,000 per semester is available, and applicants can apply for up to $5,000 of funding per project.

For more information about the SMU Digital Repository, contact Josh Lupkin, Rob Walker, or Jacob Brown at digitalrepository@list.smu.edu.  There is also an online FAQ http://digitalrepository.smu.edu/faq.html

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