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UMBC Repository Partners:

The Humanities Academic Council

The Humanities Academic Council wishes to go on record endorsing your efforts to begin a Digital Repository Initiative at UMBC. The Council has discussed a variety of problems related to disseminating and preserving digital scholarship, especially in terms of issues of promotion and tenure. For faculty whose scholarship exists primarily or to large extent in digital media, the real possibility that this work can become unavailable or disappear is not only disheartening but also career threatening. We believe that it is crucial that UMBC make efforts to preserve and disseminate the digital scholarship of its faculty and students.

The Council also believes that a Digital Repository is an important way to promote the cutting edge scholarship of its faculty and students. We would like to see the Digital Repository function as a kind of homepage for scholarly work, allowing outside visitors to see and access research produced at UMBC. A Digital Repository might also include digital versions of student publications like The UMBC Review or create a venue for bringing together undergraduate student research or honors papers. Showcasing academic scholarship in this way will enhance UMBC's reputation for excellence in undergraduate education and as a research institution across all disciplines. Therefore, the Humanities Academic Council believes the Digital Repository Initiative should be made a high priority, not just of the Library, but of the University at large.

The Center for Art Design and Visual Culture

They have available to contribute 1-2 terabytes of video footage, 50-75 gigabytes of text documents and image files that contain essays, invitation postcards, and poster, documentary installation photos, and miscellaneous additional materials. They would additionally check with their curators and writers on an individual basis to see if they wanted to publish any of their essays in this way. They would like to utilize a portal to gather student research that includes videos, photography, and design work published via other media channels (YouTube and Facebook).

The Center for Advanced Sensor Technology

They have available to contribute posters, presentations, papers, lab safety manuals, operations manuals, process manuals, video tutorials, and protocols.

The Hilltop Institute

They have available to contribute publications on their website, which they'd like to include in a repository by linking to them.

Martha Ross Center for Oral History

They have available to contribute selected undergraduate and graduate projects completed for an oral history course. These are oral history interviews that consist of multiple files in a variety of formats, and the repository software would need to handle them appropriately. Because these include interviews, this would need to be discussed with IRB and approved by them.

Center for History Education

They have available to contribute outreach materials, instructional materials, and resources for teachers.

UMBC Faculty Contributors

  • Shawn Bediako, Psychology, has available to contribute materials gathered for the History of Psychology class.
  • Alex Pavlak, Engineering, has available to contribute student scholarly papers written for the ENMG688 engineering project course.
  • Tom Rabenhorst, Geography, has available to contribute maps and atlases. The atlases include: "Digital Atlas of the Physiography and Geology of the United States," "U.S. Megalopolis Map," and "Maryland Agriculture Atlas."
  • Helen Burgess, English, has available to contribute a peer-reviewed online journal, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, which she edits. It require PHP and MySQL, and it would be nice (although not necessary) if it could include .ASP or mod_mono (to emulate ASP). She is also interested in publishing e-books.
  • Tim Phin, Ancient Studies, has available to contribute pre-peer reviewed articles.
  • Lynn Watson, Theatre, has available to contribute recordings of plays, audio and visual materials, a podcast of the Basset Hound, and an article published in a now defunct online journal.
  • Frank Hanson, Biology, has available to contribute symposium publications, all important publications, and datasets. He needs scanning services to convert some of his older work to a digital format.

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