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Institutional Repository Overview

An institutional repository collects, archives, and disseminates the scholarly and creative works of a college, university, or research center. An open-access digital repository enables access to scholarly and creative works, increases the visibility of those works by disseminating them as widely as possible, and provides a system to preserve the scholarship and creative achievements in a reliable digital environment.

Like IPFW, many universities have implemented institutional repositories. Indiana University and IUPUI implemented IUScholarWorks; Purdue University’s counterpart is e-PUBS. A list of university institutional repositories can be found at http://roar.eprints.org/

Opus provides global open access to IPFW’s research output. Library Dean Cheryl Truesdell authored a series of newsletter articles on the Open Access (OA) Movement in the April, May and June 2012 issues of Helmke Highlights which highlight the individual and institutional benefits of open access repositories and publishing.

IPFW’s Repository: Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW

IPFW’s institutional repository is a collaborative effort between the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Research, Engagement and Sponsored Programs, and the Helmke Library. It includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, patents, theses, music compositions, exhibits, videos, graphic designs, art, and similar works produced at or associated with IPFW. Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW is part of the mission of the university to raise IPFW’s national profile through open access to the academic and creative accomplishments of IPFW faculty and students. It also provides a centralized system that allows the IPFW community to manage and preserve digital scholarship in its many formats.

The 2012 statistical report on Opus highlights Opus altmetrics, web analytics, and the U.S. and international reach of Opus open-access scholarship. Previous reports are located on Opus as well. For more information about tracking your personal analytics in Opus, contact your liaison librarian or Cheryl Truesdell, Library Dean ().

Benefits of Depositing Your Work in Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW

  1. Increases citation impact
    1. Provides increased visibility for your research/creative accomplishments, bringing many new readers to your content;
    2. Provides world-wide accessibility via web search engines. Scholarly/creative works are often more easily discovered on an institutional repository site than on personal or departmental Web pages;
    3. Increases discoverability of your content from a variety of locations and methods with no extra work on your part, and;
    4. Provides statistics on the number of Opus links and downloads for your content.
  2. Accelerates research, enriches education, shares knowledge world-wide regardless of economic ability to pay, and promotes the generation of new knowledge
  3. Guarantees permanence by assigning a stable URL to your work so readers will always find it
  4. Ensures quick, efficient archiving of your scholarly/creative work
    1. Makes depositing items easy through use of online submission forms;
    2. Helps you keep track of your own publications/creative works; and
    3. Relieves you and your unit of the responsibility for systems maintenance.
  5. Provides a Faculty Profile site for sharing works in progress, instructional materials, and other professional contributions
  6. May meet some grants’ requirements for dissemination, e.g. National Institutes of Health data-sharing requirements