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UC eScholarship Repository Marks 203,000 Downloads

UC eScholarship Repository Marks 203,000 Downloads

Online archive of scholarly papers proves to be highly popular in first year and a half.

By Leslie Evans

Back in 1997 the University of California Office of the President, betting on the importance of digital media, established the California Digital Library. The CDL now manages the Melvyl UC-wide online library catalog, subscriptions to an ever growing list of digital scholarly journals, and extensive collections of papers, documents, oral histories, and photographs. One of its most popular initiatives has been its eScholarship Repository, established in April 2002, where research units of the University of California are able to sponsor the posting of scholarly papers and conference proceedings.

In the first year and a half, the eScholarship site has received 2,237 papers, mostly written by UC faculty and graduate students. According to William Wong, administrator at Bepress, the organization that maintains the eScholarship Repository, there were an astonishing 203,464 full-text downloads of papers in the repository's first year and a half, through the end of September 2003.

At this time 119 separate University of California units from all 9 UC campuses have their own sections of the eScholarship Repository. These range from the Center for Bioinformatics and Molecular Biostatistics at UC San Francisco to the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego, and the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research at UC Santa Barbara.

The UCLA International Institute and five of its affiliated centers maintain sections within the eScholarship site. These include an Occasional Paper series of the Institute itself, and postings by the James S. Coleman Center for African Studies, the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and the UCLA Asia Institute and its component Center for Chinese Studies.

To date the International Institute section contains only a few papers, but these include studies of the World Trade Organization by Institute Vice Provost Geoffrey Garrett; a paper on electoral systems and prices by Ronald Rogowski; and papers on gender transmogrification in African history, early Muslim legal philosophy, and political reform in China. The Asia Institute has posted a full set of conference papers from a graduate student conference on "Economic, Social and Legal Issues in China's Transition to a Market Economy."

Some 97 percent of the total eScholarship Repository downloads have come from outside the UC system's computers. 56% were referred to the repository by Google, but there were referrals by 1,607 other sources. Referrals to date have come from 76 countries. The top five foreign countries for repository referrals have been Canada, U.K., Sweden, Germany, and Australia.

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