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To create subject-based archives, the ULS employs open source EPrints software, an internationally recognized repository platform developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Because of its ease of use and flexibility, the EPrints platform is ideally suited to quickly creating author self-archiving document repositories.

EPrints can support the archiving of scholarly information and research in many different file formats, including

Archive Audio Image Microsoft Text XML Video
BZ2 FLAC BMP Excel HTML   AVI
TGZ MP3 GIF PowerPoint Microsoft Word   FLV
ZIP OGG JPEG Word PDF   MPEG
  WAV PNG   Plain Text   QuickTime
  WMA TIFF   Postscript    
        Rich Text (RTF)    

Additional file formats are also supported; please contact us for more information.

EPrints software is Open Access and Open Archives Initiative compliant.

Visit the EPrints.org Web site for more information.

 

Archiving and Preservation

The ULS is committed to preserving in perpetuity Internet access to your archive and all of its published contents.

  • Through its commitment to Open Access publishing, the ULS will provide free and unrestricted access to your repository’s contents.
  • An EPrints archive is a perfect solution for bringing together hard-to-find ephemeral documents and “fugitive” unpublished materials. Once a document is added to the repository, we will preserve it there indefinitely.
  • EPrints allows for the deposit of multiple versions over the life cycle of a contribution, e.g., from the early manuscripts to the final refereed version of a published article.
  • A commitment to Creative Commons licensing for authors means that scholars receive credit and exposure for their work but retain the benefits of copyright as well.

Editorial Management

With EPrints, authors submit materials directly, saving you time and energy in entering descriptive metadata.  As editor of the repository, you control what is added to the archive and when.  We’ll collaborate with you to design policies and workflows that meet your scholarly needs.

Retrospective Collections

Retrospective documents and materials or back files can also be digitized for inclusion in your archive. To find out more about this service, contact us.

Enhanced Discoverability and Access

Once in place, your archive and its contents will be available to a wider world. High-quality metadata (i.e., information about your archive that makes it searchable) is provided for each item in the collection. The ULS and the archiving software it employs ensure registration and indexing of your archive through sources such as

  • Google Scholar and other Internet search engines
  • OpenDOAR: The Directory of Open Access Repositories
  • OCLC Digital Collections
  • Open Archives Initiative

In addition, archival contents can be

  • Browsed by category or searched using simple or advanced interfaces
  • Searched by full-text keyword, with searching performed on every word in every document
  • Downloaded or printed in PDF; thumbnail PDFs help researchers quickly find the research material they need
  • Shared by email and through social-networking tools, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Added to RSS feeds and email alerts to advise scholars of newly deposited items
  • Added to bibliographic citation tools such as EndNote, BibTex, and Reference Manager, among others 

Want to know more?

Contact us to discuss your ideas. We’re eager to help!