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Up close with cIRcle Tutt, Marisa; Colenbrander, Hilde; Stephens, Tara; Thompson, Julia; Radomske, Meghan Mar 10, 2010

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up close with cIRcle celebrating three years 21,000 items and you  March 10, 2010  Photo Credit: UBC Library  cIRcle is an open access digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners.  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  In April 2006, the UBC Library’s e-Library Committee proposed the creation of an institutional repository to showcase scholarly work online, at no cost to the author or user. A pilot project was launched in spring 2007.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  cIRcle uses software called DSpace, an open-source system developed by MIT and Hewlett-Packard. Over 600 institutions in more than 75 countries use DSpace. UBC is one of them.  open access  scholarship  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  cIRcle brings UBC’s scholarly output to the world. Search engines like Google and Yahoo crawl the cIRcle database, making materials quick and easy to find.  preservation increased visibility  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  In 2010, cIRcle is celebrating its third anniversary, thanks to the hard work and dedication of library staff past and present, technological masterminds near and far, and content contributors from both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  A year ago, cIRcle celebrated 5,000 items online. Today, we are celebrating 21,000.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  Thanks to UBC Archives, we’ve added 19,000 theses and dissertations online into cIRcle – and we’ve only just begun.  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  cIRcle consists of communities and collections. Communities are UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools, or other administrative units. Collections contain items such as reports, presentations, publications, and more.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) has over five decades of experience in graduate planning, education, and research. SCARP joined cIRcle in 2007. Recent contributions include graduating student and course projects. Watch for faculty work and papers from SCARP’s Centre for Human Settlements in the future.  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  In 2007, cIRcle also welcomed the Centre for Health and Environment Research (CHER). CHER’s multidisciplinary team seeks “to research and prevent diseases caused by hazards in outdoor and indoor environments.” (CHER). Collection items include theses, dissertations, and research papers.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  One of cIRcle’s newest communities is SEEDS, with its student research reports. UBC SEEDS (Social, Ecological, Economic, Development Studies) “combines the energy and enthusiasm of students, the intellectual capacity of faculty and the commitment and expertise of staff to integrate sustainability on campus” (UBC SEEDS Program).  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  The cIRcle 2010 Olympics & Paralympics project aims to showcase and preserve UBC’s Olympics inspired research, coursework, and events to the world. The project librarian seeks out faculty, students, and alumni who are discussing, writing, presenting, and researching the many sides of Vancouver 2010.  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  Did you know? cIRcle is ranked 77th internationally out of 400 institutional repositories by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.  One of the great benefits of cIRcle is that it facilitates multidisciplinary inquiry on campus and beyond...  visibility preservation  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  discovery  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  Both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Michael Smith Foundation encourage open access to research and scholarship. Grant recipients are now required to make published research available online, for free. Watch for it in cIRcle.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  Providing open access to UBC’s research output makes the dissemination of scholarly information cheaper and easier, making researchers, students, and taxpayers happy. Now that’s money well spent.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  cIRcle does not require contributors to give up copyright. Our nonexclusive license makes scholarly output openly (and freely) accessible and enables data migration for long term preservation.  Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art  Copyright is protected using creative commons licenses. Users of openly shared materials must acknowledge and cite creators.  Photo Credit: flickr/ubclibrary  “Nothing makes me strive for excellence more than knowing that anyone in the world could see my work.” “Finding online is reallyStudent) hard and at the same time (Andre Malan,articles UBC Undergraduate expensive! Knowing that you can access it for free is really good.” (UBC undergraduate student commenting on cIRcle)  Photo Credit: UBC Library  “Every item in cIRcle is bound to increase UBC’s impact.” (John Willinsky, Professor, UBC Faculty of Education)  Photo Credit: UBC Library  cIRcle is located on the second floor of the Walter C. Koerner Library in Room 266.  Photo Credit: UBC Library  The cIRcle Team: (L to R) Hilde Colenbrander, Coordinator; Julia Thompson, Digital Library Assistant; Tara Stephens, 2010 Olympics & Paralympics Project Librarian; Joerg Messer, Programmer/Analyst; Meghan Radomske and Marisa Tutt, Graduate Academic Assistants.  Visit us online at circle.ubc.ca for a complete list of cIRcle contributors.  Special thanks to all those who have made the past three years a success.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  


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