Friday, June 19, 2015

UNO's Scholarly Repository Marks One Millionth Download Milestone

ScholarWorks@UNO, the University of New Orleans' online institutional repository, reached a major milestone this week as the one millionth item was downloaded from the site. The open access publishing platform archives and shares UNO's scholarship and creative work with researchers and interested readers worldwide. ScholarWorks houses more than 4,000 items representing faculty and student work across all disciplines. It includes dissertations and theses, undergraduate papers, conference proceedings and entries from peer-reviewed journals.

"ScholarWorks is significant because it allows the work of the University to reach a worldwide audience, sharing our work more broadly than we can through traditional media outlets," said Jeanne Pavy, scholarly communications officer for the Earl K. Long Library. Pavy noted that a real-time readership map displays where content from the site is being utilized anywhere in the world at any given moment. According to ScholarWorks' most recent annual report, the majority of views come from the United States with the United Kingdom, India and China rounding out the top users over the last year.

The Earl K. Long Library launched ScholarWorks in 2011, and both its holdings and downloads have steadily increased every year since then. In the past year 343,796 downloads were made from ScholarWorks, a 20 percent increase over the number of downloads recorded for 2013-14. The one millionth item to be downloaded was "Isolation, Growth Characteristics, and Long-Term Storage of Fungi Cultivated by Attine Ants" by Jerome Howard, professor of biological sciences. The most heavily downloaded items are electronic theses and dissertations, and the most popular one this year has been "Forensic Analysis of WhatsApp on Android Smartphones," a computer science master's thesis by Neha S. Thakur, with approximately 9,526 downloads to date.

Highlights among ScholarWorks' collections include Ellipsis: A Journal of Art, Ideas, and Literature, a student-edited literary journal, which has been published for 40 years by the UNO English department, and a digital archive of Wavelength: New Orleans Music Magazine published from 1980-1991 and edited by history professor Connie Atkinson. Wavelength was dedicated to telling the life stories of the many unheralded New Orleans musicians who influenced American popular music.

To learn how to make your work more visible through inclusion in ScholarWorks, contact the scholarly communications librarian at scholarworks@uno.edu or 280-6547.