Institutional Repositories

Institutional Repositories

Share your research with the world…

Share your research with the world…

Faculty, researchers, and students at Texas institutions of higher learning work hard to produce high-quality scholarship, but archaic publishing methods and skyrocketing journal costs limit the availability of that work to other scholars and the larger public. The increasing amount of digital content produces new difficulties for long-term preservation and accessibility. And the landscape for scholarly research and communication is changing under our feet.

To address these issues for Texas colleges and universities, the Texas Digital Library has developed a hosted Institutional Repository service, which allows our state’s institutions of higher learning to preserve and provide wide online access to their scholarly and pedagogic output.

What is a TDL Institutional Repository?

With an Institutional Repository hosted by the TDL, your institution can collect, store, preserve, and disseminate digital content – including documents, audio files, images, and datasets – on secure TDL servers.

TDL digital repositories use DSpace, an open-source repository software that allows users to adapt submission workflows to the needs of various user groups. Works within a TDL-hosted Institutional Repository are indexed by commercial search engines, such as Google, and OAI-PMH harvesters such as OAIster. Users can also access materials via RSS feeds and a repository’s own search feature.

Why should my institution develop an Institutional Repository?

An Institutional Repository (IR) hosted by the TDL:

  • promotes the principles of open access by providing opportunities for faculty self-archiving
  • ensures the long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets, leveraging the efforts of TDL developers to create a robust Preservation Network
  • provides access to unpublished, but nevertheless valuable, research of faculty, research staff, and students.
  • preserves and disseminates a wide variety of content beyond traditional scholarly articles, including datasets, learning objects, electronic theses and dissertations, audio-visual content, and presentations.
  • helps universities fulfill obligations to make publicly funded or non-profit-funded research available on an open access basis
  • allows universities to capture digital e-learning courseware so they can expand on existing programs
  • encourages access and sharing among disciplines and institutions
  • showcases an institution’s faculty and student output, and through participation in the Texas Digital Library consortium, the scholarly contributions of the entire state

Institutions may also use TDL’s repository hosting service to showcase special digital collections or to backup digital materials using the TDL Preservation Network.

How do I get an Institutional Repository?

To set up an Institutional Repository hosted by the TDL, you must be an institution of higher learning in Texas and a member of the Texas Digital Library. To find out more about membership opportunities, please see the Membership section of our Web site.

If you are a member of the Texas Digital Library and need assistance in setting up an Institutional Repository, please contact us for more information.