SOAR, built in DSpace OpenRepository, is a centrally managed online digital repository that stores, indexes, and provides access to scholarly and creative works of SUNY faculty, students, and staff across SUNY campuses. SOAR serves as an open access platform for those SUNY campuses that do not have their own open access repository environments. It supplements, rather than supplants, local SUNY campus repositories.
The scope of collections in SOAR include scholarly and creative open access works of SUNY faculty, students, and staff. For more information, please review the SOAR content guidelines to determine what content is suitable, or contact email@example.com.
The SOAR platform is based on the DSpace Open Repository; it integrates with PubMed and CrossRef for importing metadata, provides ORCID integration for authors, enhanced statistics including Altmetrics, and provides a separate test (staging) environment for each campus community.
This model of support requires each campus to identify local contacts who will be responsible for working with their community to solicit and add content into the repositories. Questions on content (accessibility, copyright issues, take-down requests, etc.) will be forwarded to the campus liaison for a decision on how to address.
For support inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering using SOAR or ready to get started with it on your campus, please start with the SOAR Content Guidelines, then review the following questions:
Most discovery will be done through Google Scholar and other search engines, rather than via browsing the repository user interface.
Each campus will assign administrator(s) for their local community. Additional roles may be assigned for the entire campus environment or specific sub-communities and/or collections.
When developing a local workflow, there are many factors to keep in mind:
Primary benefits for authors/creators:
Value-added services offered by the Library (if applicable)
Active methods (most effective)
Overcoming Barriers to Use
The most common barriers to using the repository and suggestions for breaking them down.
Lack of awareness of the repository and how to use it
Jargon/terminology is confusing
Confusion about copyright
Concerns about publishers’ policies about licensing and version that may be deposited