Texas ScholarWorks (TSW), formerly the UT Digital Repository, 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, TSW also holds materials that reflect the intellectual and service environment of our campus community.

Additionally, the repository offers submission services, community/collection creation services, access services, and preservation services to support repository users.

Submission Services

There is an easy-to-use web based process for submitting digital works to an established collection. 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 also have the option of selecting a library-managed approach, with library staff handling the submission process. For authorization to submit to a collection or to inquire about having the library manage your collection, please contact the Repository Curator.

A batch processing service is available for submissions of at least 100 items to a single collection. 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.

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 the Repository Curator.

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.

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 Texas ScholarWorks Policies.