The Dartmouth Digital Commons (DDC)
The Dartmouth Digital Commons (DDC) will provide access, preservation, and management over the long term for digital content created by members of the Dartmouth community. DDC is the repository for fulfilling the intent of the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy. 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 DDC.
The materials deposited in DDC 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, DDC will be a good solution. See the Data Management Plans guide for lists of data repositories.
The DDC is comprised of a suite of tools that includes collection, description, organization, storage, and preservation of content. The key software system is Digital Commons from bepress. Other associated systems include ORCID, Symplectic Elements, and the PlumX Dashboard.
Though DDC is not yet ready, you can submit your articles directly to the Scholarly Communication Program librarians, and the material will be included in DDC upon its launch. DDC will provide services that social and scholarly networking sites cannot, as it has a different mission:
- DDC represents Dartmouth’s commitment to long-term preservation of and access to Dartmouth’s scholarly output.
- DDC will fulfill the goals of the Dartmouth Open Access Policy by making scholarly work available to a wide audience freely without subscription.
- As the digital repository of a non-profit institution, DDC will not sell your data, seek to make money from your scholarly work, post advertisements or overload your inbox with emails.
- DDC will allow scholars to export their citations and content for personal use and reporting.
Why should I participate in DDC when I already participate in ResearchGate and Academia.edu?
Participating in DDC 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.”
- Barbara DeFelice, Program Director for Scholarly Communication, Copyright and Publishing
- Jen Green, Digital Scholarship Librarian
- Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies
Additional Dartmouth staff work on other aspects of the project.