Digital Initiatives Services

These services are available through the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives unit. Questions? Contact Julia Lovett, Digital Initiatives Librarian, at

Contributing to DigitalCommons@URI

University of Rhode Island faculty, staff, and students are invited to share and archive their work through DigitalCommons@URI, the University’s institutional repository. Submissions may include scholarship, creative works, University and departmental publications, course projects, documentation of URI events, and more. Some current highlights of the repository include faculty publications, theses & dissertations, Senior Honors projects, student essays, and digital library collections.

Open Access Policy Submissions

In March 2013, the URI Faculty Senate passed an Open Access Policy. Through the Policy, the faculty granted the University a license “… to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold, and to authorize others to do the same.” Simply put, even if you transfer your copyright in an article to a publisher, the University—and in effect, you as a faculty member—can still exercise your rights under copyright and make your work openly available. Each time you publish, remember to send a copy of your author manuscript (final submitted version) to the Libraries at

If you have any questions about the OA Policy, contact Julia Lovett, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Faculty Senate Designate for the Open Access Policy for 2015-2016.

SelectedWorks Faculty Profile Pages

URI faculty members may create a profile page using SelectedWorks, part of DigitalCommons@URI. This is your own profile page that you may edit directly and where you can include any content of your choice. Easily link to works in DigitalCommons@URI (or any other Digital Commons repository at another institution); upload or link to other scholarly content; and enable other scholars to follow you through features such as RSS feeds.

To register for a new account, go to and follow the click-through instructions. A full user guide is also available.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Digital Initiatives unit coordinates with the URI Graduate School to receive and deposit URI theses and dissertations to DigitalCommons@URI for preservation and open access. Graduates have a choice of releasing their work immediately, or delaying the release up to two years. Authors will receive an email when their dissertation or thesis becomes available online. For more information specifically on theses and dissertations in DigitalCommons@URI, see Information on the University of Rhode Island’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Program.

Online Periodical/Journal Hosting

The University’s repository, DigitalCommons@URI, includes a full periodical publishing platform. Any URI faculty member, staff, or student may propose a new journal or move an existing journal onto this platform. See our Periodical Requirements & Request Form for more information. For a current example, see the Journal of Media Literacy Education.

Faculty Publications in DigitalCommons@URI

Faculty who are interested in contributing their past scholarly articles to DigitalCommons@URI (anything published prior to URI’s Open Access Policy of March 2013) may send their CVs or list of citations for review. We will check the journal policies, determine what may be deposited, and work with faculty to archive the correct versions of their past articles in DigitalCommons@URI.

Shared Shelf

Shared Shelf by ArtStor is a cloud-based platform for storing and sharing media openly on the web, or with a group of authorized users such as students in a course. To see an example, check out the Libraries’ digitized archival collections available through Shared Shelf Commons.

On-Demand Digitization

In many cases, we can digitize and provide patrons with digital copies of materials from the URI Archives and Special Collections. Some frequently requested items include URI theses, dissertations, and archival photographs. Depending on the item, there may be a small fee associated with the service.

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