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DRS: Digital Repository Service

IRis is a digital archive that collects, manages, preserves, and shares the intellectual output and historical record of Northeastern University.

Beginning July 1, 2015, IRis will be folded into Northeastern's Digital Repository Service, an online archive based on an open source framework built and maintained by the University Libraries. 



Why the DRS?

  • Professional Exposure: Showcases scholarship to researchers, funding sources, and others
  • Preservation: Offers secure storage of your scholarship or records
  • Easy Access: Enables you to post your work easily, and allows others to quickly find, use, and cite your work by using powerful search tools

Who is the DRS for?

  • NU researchers who want to promote and preserve their intellectual output
  • NU administrators who need to preserve important university records
  • Anyone seeking information on the intellectual productivity of the Northeastern community or the history of the University.

What can be found in the DRS?

  • Research and technical papers
  • Preprints
  • Conference presentations
  • Data sets: statistical, geospatial, etc...
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Journals and books
  • Video and audio recordings of speeches and events
  • Photographs of NU events, buildings, people
  • Key University documents
  • And more...

Technology and Workflow

The DRS has powerful workflow management features. You may give all or some members of your community permission to submit, edit file descriptions, and/or publish files. Library staff are available to advise you on workflow arrangements that will work best for your community.

The DRS was launched by the University Libraries in 2014, though the library has been storing and sharing digital content since 2004.