Welcome to Day 3 of the Fondren Library Scholarly Impact Challenge! Today we’ll explore how scholarly digital repositories can help you make all kinds of scholarly work—from article pre-prints to datasets to slide decks to syllabi—easier to preserve, share, discover, and cite.
Perhaps you’ve shared article pre-prints or other forms of scholarly work with your colleagues over social media or email, or posted them to your personal website. Using a digital repository can make the common activity of exchanging work with colleagues easier and more stable.
Not all repositories behave exactly the same way, but as a general rule, by depositing work in a repository, you’ll get:
Choose a repository from the following list (or a different one that you know) and take some time to explore it. Find one item of interest in the repository that you'd like to read, use in your research or teaching, or share with colleagues.
Disciplinary repositories (a list of additional repositories can be found here)
An institutional repository collects, preserves, and disseminates the intellectual output of an institution.
While a number of disciplinary and institutional repositories--including many of those listed above-- support datasets, you may find that a data repository is more appropriate for your needs.
Many data repositories are multidisciplinary, so you need to determine which one has the features you need. Fondren Library’s Research Data Services’ “Assessing Cross-Disciplinary Data Repositories” can help you determine which one to use.
Create an account and deposit a piece of your work in an appropriate repository.
Prepare for the next challenge:
Congratulations! You’ve completed the Day 3 challenge of exploring a digital repository for preserving and sharing your scholarly work!
Tired of online platforms yet? Join us tomorrow, for the Day 4 challenge, where we'll take an inventory of our academic social media use in order to prioritize and make strategic decisions about where to spend time and effort in the coming year.