Introducing Digital Commons

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Digital CommonsWhat is an institutional repository?

Digital Commons is Providence College’s institutional repository.  Well, what does institutional repository mean, and why is having one useful for an academic community?

Scholar Raym Crow defines institutional repositories (IRs) as, “digital collections that preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of a single or multi-university community”  (Crow, 2002 SPARC position paper, “The Case for Institutional Repositories”).

Basically, an IR is a place where scholarship written by a given institution’s students, faculty, and staff is made freely accessible online.  IRs are usually managed through an institution’s library.  IRs expand access to research, increase the institution’s visibility online, and provide long-term preservation of the institution’s digital scholarship.

What makes Providence College’s Digital Commons unique?

Providence College Digital Commons Discipline WheelProvidence College’s Digital Commons contains over 2964 records, which have been downloaded a total of 590088 times.  Items include research, scholarship and creative works by Providence College faculty and students in a variety of media and formats including articles, monographs, white papers, proceedings, presentations, theses, artworks, performances, and multimedia products; as well as digitized primary source materials from the library’s Special and Archival Collections.

The content in PC’s Digital Commons comes from a range of academic disciplines.  Click on the discipline wheel image to the right to explore the range of content that’s represented.

What kind of content is added to the repository regularly?

The Digital Publishing Services Department is adding content to Digital Commons all the time.  Here is a selection of items we have added recently:

 Want to publish?  Have questions?

Contact me, Hailie Posey (, with questions about publishing in Providence College’s Digital Commons.


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