The University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR) was established to provide open, online access to the products of the University's research and scholarship, to preserve these works for future generations, to promote new models of scholarly communication, and to help deepen community understanding of the value of higher education.

In addition to preserving selected works of research and scholarship, UTDR also holds materials that reflect the intellectual and service environment of our campus community.

Additionally, the Repository offers (1) submission services, (2) Community/Collection creation services, (3) access services, and (4) preservation services to support Repository users.

  1. Submission services - There is an easy-to-use web based process for submitting digital works to an established Collection. For authorization to submit to a Collection contact Colleen Lyon at Once authorized to do so, UT faculty, staff, students, colleges, departments, research centers, administrative and other campus groups can submit their works to the appropriate Collection. Individuals or groups on campus can also talk with the Repository Curator, Colleen Lyon, about mediated deposit.

    A batch submission service of numerous works to a single Collection by UT Libraries staff is available. UT Libraries staff will work with the submitter to prepare their digital data in acceptable formats. This service will be scheduled according to staff work load.

  2. Community/Collection creation services - The Repository uses DSpace software which supports a simple hierarchy structure, Community/Collection. Communities hold Collections, and Collections hold digital works.

    If your department or research unit wants to establish their own collections, we are happy to help you set up a new community and work with you to set up access, membership, and other parameters. For more information about collection responsibilities, see the Collections Policy. To get started, please contact Colleen Lyon at

  3. Access Services - The Repository provides persistent and reliable access to the digital scholarship of faculty, staff, and students and aims to provide the greatest possible dissemination and recognition to these works as possible.

    Works in the Repository will be indexed by Google, other search engines, and OAI-PMH harvesters like OAIster making them more findable. Additionally the Repository has RSS feeds that can be incorporated into readers and other web applications, boosting accessibility to the works.

  4. Preservation services - The Repository will provide long-term access to submitted works, as well as associated descriptive and administrative metadata, by employing a strategy combining the following: secure backup, storage media refreshment, and file format migration. At this time, the Repository is committed to preserving the bitstream (the binary form of the data).

    The Repository also provides you with a permanent and persistent web address for your work that you and others can reliably cite.

For additional information, see the FAQs and UT Digital Repository Policies: