Digital Commons - Information and Tools



Paul Royster

Date of this Version



Held May 4, 2006, in the Electronic Scholarship Center in Love Library.


This is the PowerPoint presentation from a hands-on instructional and demonstration session to show UNL faculty and/or student researchers how to deposit published or unpublished research, scholarship, and creative activity in the library’s online digital archive. Topics covered include eligibility, copyright and permissions, appropriate file formats and metadata, document preparation and presentation, search-engine maximization, repository policies, and deposit procedures. We also covered help and other services available from the Office of Scholarly Communication. Materials deposited in the Digital Commons are available online immediately, 24/7, worldwide, free to all users, and are preserved permanently as part of the UNL Libraries digital collections. Materials are searched by Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, and most of the popular search engines. It is an excellent way to expand the audience for previously published articles, papers, and chapters. It is also an excellent resource for the original electronic publication of scholarly materials and research. Most publishers grant authors permission to deposit their own works in their own institution’s repository, even those for which copyright has been legally transferred to the publisher. Most publishers will also accept and consider submissions that have previously appeared in this venue. Suitable materials include articles, chapters, interviews, reviews, editions, dissertations, working papers, white papers, conference presentations, lectures, speeches, performances, dissertations, theses (masters and honors), data sets, patents, reports, and teaching materials. Supported file types, in addition to documents, include graphics, audio, video, executables, worksheets, PowerPoint—essentially anything in a digital format. Workshop leader: Paul Royster