July 1, 2015 Update: Some information in this release has changed. IRis is now part of Northeastern's Digital Repository Service.
During the week of October 24-28, Northeastern University Libraries will host a series of events to celebrate open access – the support of free, immediate, online access to scholarly research. Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of open access. The events will cover a range of topics including open collaboration in the sciences, the effects of Wikipedia and social networking on student research, open access works by Northeastern faculty, free and open college textbooks, and data gathering and storage needs of grad students.
The University Libraries have supported open access in the Northeastern community since 2006 in the form of the University’s digital archive, IRis. The goal of IRis is to collect, manage, preserve and share the intellectual output and historical record of Northeastern University. IRis provides open access to NU researchers who want to promote and preserve their materials, to NU students who require digital storage and promotion of their dissertations and theses, to NU administrators who need to save important university records, and to anyone who is seeking information on the intellectual productivity of the Northeastern community. Since its start, IRis has expanded to hold 531 faculty publications and approximately 600 dissertations and master’s theses. And since January 1, 2010, there have been over 230,000 downloads of full-text items from IRis, which include scholarly content as well as university archival content.
Building upon the success of IRis, the Libraries will soon offer a robust digital repository and preservation service to the campus for digital collections, images, media and data, as well as accompanying metadata and consulting help.