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Digital Repository updates coming in 2024

Author: Anne Shelley

Iowa State University Digital Repository
Iowa State University Digital Repository

The Iowa State University Digital Repository is the Open Access system to collect, manage, share, preserve, and provide free, worldwide access to Iowa Staters’ research and scholarship. Items in the Digital Repository include but are not limited to journal articles (published and manuscript), conference proceedings and presentations, technical reports, book chapters, theses and dissertations, and creative components.  

Beginning in January 2024, Digital Repository staff will request a current curriculum vita or publications lists from participating authors to update the repository. Scholars with items in the repository can expect an email from Digital Repository staff will continue to monitor scholarship and reach out for updates as needed throughout the year.   

Because material in the Digital Repository is free for the public to access, there is potential for it to be read and cited more often than research behind a paywall. Every item in the Digital Repository is given a stable, permanent URL, making it easy to find, cite, and share.  

In late 2021, the Digital Repository migrated from a commercial system (Digital Commons and Selected Works) to an open-source platform (DSpace). With around 100,000 records, this migration was a large project and library staff continue to pursue improvements while adding new content. Iowa Staters may still have access to the Selected Works platform, however the library is no longer affiliated with it. Those with questions or feedback about the new DSpace platform should reach out to Anne Shelley at

Digital Repository staff are eager to work with all faculty, students, and staff to add their research and scholarship to the repository. Contact to get started.