UK Libraries and Western Kentucky University (WKU) announce the launch of the Kentucky Research Commons, a new digital portal that provides access to the breadth and depth of research conducted at universities in Kentucky.
The portal features a real-time readership map that visualizes when and where content is downloaded, to demonstrate the global reach of research from Kentucky institutions.
"It is exhilarating to see scholarly endeavors in the Commonwealth hold broad appeal around the world. This new portal certainly helps researchers and the academic communities develop a clear picture of the reach and impact of their work,” said Adrian Ho, director of Digital Scholarship at UK Libraries.
The Kentucky Research Commons hosts a wealth of valuable scholarly materials, ranging from faculty publications, to online peer-reviewed journals, to conferences and events, to electronic theses and dissertations, to special archival collections. Users can browse content by institution, discipline, or author. They can also type in search terms for easy discovery.
Institutional repositories play an increasingly significant role in the way universities share, manage, and preserve their scholarly outputs. Hosted by bepress on its Digital Commons platform, the site aggregates content from the institutional repositories of a growing number of Kentucky institutions, including: Asbury Theological Seminary, Bellarmine University, Eastern Kentucky University, UK, the University of Louisville, and WKU.
Visit the Kentucky Research Commons at kentucky.researchcommons.us.
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