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Sunday, November 04, 2007

More on OA to student research

Macalester College opened its institutional repository to student honor projects in September 2005.  Lisa Moldan and Zac Farber bring us up to date in an article in the Macalester student paper for November 2, 2007.  Excerpt:

..Since the project's founding, users have completed more than 26,000 full-text downloads....

Students are given the option of posting their work. Because the honors projects tend to be ongoing, most students choose not to make available the results of their research.

Thirty-one of the 78 Macalester projects added since 2006 are currently available to the public.

Macalester's use of Digital Commons offers a positive model for students sharing their research with a larger acdemic audience, Geography professor Bill Moseley said.

"This is an important way of sharing your insights with the broader scholarly community," Moseley said. "It is another way of giving back and moving away from a model of extractive research."