About Institutional Repositories

Digital Commons is McMaster University’s "Institutional Repository" or IR. The purpose of an IR is to bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. Digital Commons is a service provided by McMaster University libraries, in conjunction with other campus partners. The research and scholarly output included in Digital Commons has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centres on campus.

IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR.

Where can I learn more about IRs?

Here are some selected documents which provide background on IRs:

Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services. ARL Digital Repositories Task Force Final Report.

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. Interim Report. Sustaining the Digital Investment: Issues and Challenges of Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation. December 2008.

Canada. Research Data Canada. Strategy Working Group. Stewardship of Research Data in Canada: A Gap Analysis. 8 December 2008.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). A Guide to Setting up an Institutional Repository (2002)