Texas ScholarWorks Services

1.      Texas ScholarWorks (TSW) 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.

2.      Texas ScholarWorks will adhere to UT's Web Privacy Policy, and to the security standards for Category II-Data.

Texas ScholarWorks does not accept Category I Data.

Users of Texas ScholarWorks will adhere to UT's Acceptable Use Policy, and to the Material Usage Statement

3.      Texas ScholarWorks uses DSpace software which supports a simple hierarchy structure, Community/Collection. Communities hold Collections, and Collections hold digital works. 

  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 Texas ScholarWorks

5.      Submission Services to Established Collections

Texas ScholarWorks 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 request mediated deposit. See the Submission and Withdrawal Policy for submission guidelines and the Help section for step-by-step instructions. 

A batch submission service is available for submissions of at least 100 items to a single Collection. This service will be scheduled according to staff work load. Please contact the Repository Curator at tsw@utlists.utexas.edu for additional information on the batch submission service.


6.      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 communicating with the library staff who manages their community or managing all aspects of the Community. Together we will work through the Collection guidelines and necessary workflows. For more information on Collection requirements, see the Collections Policy.

7.      Access Services

Texas ScholarWorks 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 Texas ScholarWorks will be indexed by Google, other search engines, and OAI-PMH harvesters like OAIster making them more findable.

8.      Preservation Services

Texas ScholarWorks 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, Texas ScholarWorks 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.

9.      All of the below Policies are accessible through Texas ScholarWorks: