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News from eCommons, CUL’s General Purpose Institutional Repository

On behalf of the eCommons team, I’d like to share some news on new services for eCommons users, and some other things we’ve been working on. My apologies for being slow to recognize the need and the opportunity to communicate news of this kind to you. For the most part, I’ll communicate eCommons news by forwarding […]

AV Streaming Group Recommendations

  As some may recall, an AV Streaming Policy Group was formed in Fall of 2014 to coordinate the development of streaming workflows and policies utilizing the existing Cornell services, including eCommons, MediaSpace, and Blackboard. I’d like to extend warm thanks to those involved in the group- Danielle Mericle (Chair, formerly DSPS), Peter Hirtle (formerly […]

Invitation to Apply for Digital Scholarship Fellowships

We are pleased to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit since 2012, the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

RepoExec, or The CUL Repository Executive Group

The Cornell University Library’s Repository Executive Group, colloquially known as RepoExec, has been meeting since the beginning of the year to explore and address the issues surrounding digital repositories at CUL. A digital repository is a system for managing and storing digital items, potentially including a wide range of content (visual images, digital images, research […]

Implications of Research Funders’ Policies for Scholarly Communication

US Federal funders of research have been developing policies to ensure public access to the products of tax-payer funded research, and two of the major funding agencies have recently announced some changes to their policies with implications for scholarly communication. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has had in place since 2008 a policy requiring […]

Data sets in eCommons

Did you know Cornellians are using eCommons, Cornell University Library’s institutional repository, as a means for providing access to digital research data? Here are a few interesting examples: A collection of data sets related to Cayuga Lake, including data from water quality monitoring associated with Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project. Data sets from the Agriculture, […]

Introducing the Scholarly Communication Awareness Program

It is a great pleasure to announce a new program that we’ll be piloting this fall to provide discussion and awareness building forums for CUL’s liaisons in regard to scholarly communication and digital scholarship. One of the CUL Priority Objectives (III.1) has been formalizing the network of library liaisons to departments and academic programs across […]

Working Group on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

For the past several months a group of CUL staff have been meeting to discuss issues related to the management of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). ETDs are one of the important core collections within eCommons, and there are a variety of issues in play, including matters related to processing and cataloging ETDs (which are […]