The Dartmouth Academic Commons (DAC) will provide access, preservation, and management over the long term for digital content created by members of the Dartmouth community. DAC is the repository for fulfilling the intent of the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy. It is a joint project of Dartmouth’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Dartmouth College Library (DCL). ITS is responsible for Project Management, system architecture, and programming, and the DCL is focusing on the development of policies, the education and outreach components of the DAC project, and supporting the programming. The Council on the Libraries, composed of faculty, administrators and students at Dartmouth, is the key advisory group from the Dartmouth community for policies related to the development of DAC.
The materials deposited in DAC reflect the intellectual output of Dartmouth faculty, researchers, staff, and students, and is educational, scholarly, or research-oriented in nature. The first phase of deployment is focused on journal articles written by faculty, as well as ancillary materials, such as diagrams and photos. In later phases, content will include working and conference papers, technical reports, video, audio, and theses. If you need a repository at Dartmouth for the results of funded research such as articles, DAC will be a solution within 2016, but for data, see the Data Management Plans guide for lists of data repositories.
The DAC is comprised of a suite of tools that includes collection, description, organization, storage, and preservation of content. Software in this suite includes Symplectic Elements, Hydra/Fedora and Blacklight. Other associated tools and resources include ORCID and the PlumX Dashboard.
Though DAC is not yet ready, you can submit your articles through an interim submission process, and they will be included in DAC upon its launch. DAC will provide services that social and scholarly networking sites cannot, as it has a different mission:
Why should I participate in DAC when I already participate in ResearchGate and Academia.edu?
Participating in DAC does not preclude your participating in academic social networking sites. The University of California’s Scholarly Communication Office has written an article that explains the differences clearly:
“A social networking site is not an open access repository.”
Information Technology Services
Dartmouth College Library
Additional Dartmouth staff work on other aspects of the project.
Last Updated: 2/27/17