What is AURA? No, not aura, a distinctive atmosphere, or an energy field from a living being, but AURA. AURA stands for the Alfred University Research and Archive. It’s Alfred University’s own digital repository, a place to discover the past and inform the future.
What is a digital repository?
- A means of storing and providing access to digital content (research, scholarship and documents of historical significance)
- Provides a stable, well-managed, permanent archive for digital scholarly and research materials of enduring value produced by faculty, staff, and students
- Supports research, learning and administrative processes
- Includes a wide range of content: research data, meeting minutes, newsletters, theses and dissertations, published articles, technical reports, conference papers, historical information, etc.
- Content can be searched full-text, across all documents
- Allows the content to be shared locally and globally
- Allows wide and rapid dissemination of intellectual output, thereby raising awareness of Alfred University to a wider audience
- Stores and organizes the plethora of digital documents created on campus in one place, accessible from anywhere
- Supports a wide range of file types (text, images, video, data sets, etc.)
- Access to content can be restricted as needed
- Required for researchers applying for certain types of federal funding
- Usage can be tracked for statistical purposes
Why not just put this material into Blackboard?
- AURA makes content available to external audiences (open access availability)
- AURA’s content can be indexed by search engine harvesters (such as Google)
- AURA’s content is organized into collections and subcollections
- BlackBoard was designed as a course management system; not a document warehouse. It doesn’t allow for searching across documents and doesn’t manage collections or access to them as well as AURA does.
How can you help to build AURA?
- · Submit your club’s publications and meeting minutes for inclusion in AURA
- · Submit your publications and research to AURA.
- · Submit publications from your program, division, school and college. Help us keep AU’s institutional memory strong in the digital era.
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— Steve Crandall