UT Digital Repository Services

  1. 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.

  1. UT Digital Repository will adhere to UT’s Web Privacy Policy, and to the security standards for Category II-Data

    The UT Digital Repository does not accept Category I Data.

    Users of UT Digital Repository will adhere to UT’s Acceptable Use Policy, and to the Material Usage Statement

  1. UT Digital Repository uses DSpace software which supports a simple hierarchy structure, Community/Collection.  Communities hold Collections, and Collections hold digital works. 

    There are also UT Digital Repository staff roles associated with the Community/Collection hierarchy. 

    UT Digital Repository……..staff role:  Repository Curator

    Community………...staff role:  Community Administrator

    Collection ….staff role:  Collection Curator

  1. As outlined below, the University of Texas Libraries offers submission services, Community creation services, access services, and preservation services to support the users of UT Digital Repository. 
  1. Submission Services to Established Collections

    UT Digital Repository offers an easy-to-use web based process for submitting digital works one by one to an established Collection.  All faculty are automatically authorized to submit to the UT Faculty/Researcher Works collection when they login with their EID and password. Staff and students must request authorization from the Repository Curator before submitting work to the Repository.  Individuals or groups on campus can also talk with the Repository Curator, Colleen Lyon, about mediated deposit. See the Submission and Withdrawal Policy for submission guidelines and the Help section for step-by-step instructions. 

    A batch submission service of numerous works to a single Collection by UT Libraries staff is available.  This service will be scheduled according to staff work load.  Please contact the Repository Curator, Colleen Lyon, at for additional information on the batch submission service.

  1. Community Creation Services

    For colleges, departments, research centers, or administrative and other campus groups interested in creating their own Community, UT Libraries staff will work with your staff to help create a new Community, as well as provide advice on metadata specific to your Community’s needs and information on copyright issues.  As stated in number 4 above, Communities hold Collections, and Collections hold digital works. 

    When setting up a Community, the department or research center must identify a Community Administrator to be responsible for either managing all aspects of the Community or communicating with the library staff who manages their community.  Together we will work through the Collection guidelines and necessary workflows.  For more information on Collection requirements, see the Collections Policy.

  1. Access Services

    UT Digital Repository is built with technology that assures the online stability of a work submitted to a Collection; making the citation to the work as reliable as a scholarly journal, while the work is as accessible as any website.  

    Each work and the information about it (the metadata) will have a persistent URL so it can be easily cited by other researchers.

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

  1. Preservation Services

    UT Digital Repository will provide long-term access to submitted works, as well as associated descriptive and administrative metadata, by employing a strategy combining the following:

    At this time, UT Digital Repository is committed to preserving the bitstream (the binary form of the data).  Further practical measures to preserve as much functionality (“look and feel”) of the original as possible will be employed as resources permit. See the Preservation Policy for more information.

  1. All of the below Policies are accessible through the UT Digital Repository: