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Projects We Can Support

Digital Services supports many types of projects, from publishing journals to hosting conference websites to helping you use our platforms for student projects.

We accept a broad range of content from the DePaul Community, including works by faculty, students, DePaul centers and staff. 

Online Journals

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, is a publishing platform with robust and customizable publishing workflows built in. Features include:

  • Custom design and branding of your journal pages
  • Online submission forms
  • Review and referee tools
  • Issue and Volume management
  • Readership reports

Procedures 

Digital Services is your first point of contact in creating new journals. We will set up an initial meeting to:

  • Discuss your journal and publishing requirements
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Discuss branding options
  • Define the name and URL of your new journal site
  • Discuss questions about uploading back issues
  • Clarify any copyright concerns

After this initial meeting, you will be given a journal set up form to complete. We then submit this form to Bepress for you.

Designers at Bepress will create a sample website design based on the information provided in the journal set up form. If after seeing the new design, you wish to make changes, the Library will work with you on requesting these. You have up to three iterations of the design available to you before you must commit to one.

Once the final design is in place, the Library will arrange for training on a test site where you can experiment until you feel comfortable to go into production. ​​

Conference Proceedings

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, can host and preserve your conference proceedings. Features include:

  • Custom design and branding of your conference
  • Online submission forms for presenters to submit their presentations and research
  • Review and referee tools
  • Conference scheduling and display of tracks
  • Readership reports

Procedures

Digital Services is your first point of contact in creating a conference. We will set up an initial meeting to:

  • Discuss your conference proceedings and web site requirements
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Discuss branding options
  • Define the name and URL of your conference site

After this initial meeting, you will be given a conference set up form to complete. We then submit this form to Bepress for you.

Designers at Bepress will create a sample website design based on the information provided in the set up form. If after seeing the new design, you wish to make changes, the Library will work with you on requesting these. You have up to three iterations of the design available to you before you must commit to one.

Once the final design is in place, the Library will arrange for training on a test site where you can experiment until you feel comfortable to go into production.

E-books

The Library can help DePaul authors publish E-books using the Institutional Repository. Our E-book publishing service is ideal for works of any genre, from research to creative projects, textbooks to student projects.

Works are open access, meaning anyone on the Internet will be able to download and read your E-book. And because it is published using the Bepress Digital Commons platform, your book will be given high rankings in search engines like Google and Bing, as well as in library discovery systems like WorldCat.

Other features include:

  • Monthly download reports
  • Full-text and individual chapter downloads
  • Integrated with SelectedWorks

The Library's Digitization Services can also be utilized to turn a physical copy into a PDF for publication online.​​

SelectedWorks Sites

SelectedWorks is a free tool for creating professional websites for posting your scholarly work, quickly and easily. It works much like a Facebook account and is entirely yours to develop and take with you even if you leave DePaul. Benefits include search engine optimization and monthly reports which ensure that your work will rise to the top of search engine results and that you will be able to track what people are downloading. You can post material you want people to download directly, or point to your research posted in third party journal databases.

To get started:

  1. navigate to http://works.bepress.com/
  2. Click "Start your SelectedWorks Site"
  3. Create your profile
  4. Upload your research
  5. If your department, school or college already has a faculty publications collection on Via Sapientiae, you can auto-collect your work into your SelectedWorks quickly.​​

If you run into problems, Bepress customer support is very responsive and helpful. Look for the Contact Us link in the footer to contact their support staff.

Community Pages & Collections

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, hosts a number of DePaul community pages and collections, from student projects, organizational archives, image galleries to departmental sites and collections.

Digital Services is your first point of contact in creating new community pages and collections. We will set up a meeting to:

  • Discuss your collection or community
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Define the name and URL of your new site

After this initial meeting, your new web space will be created for you and a training date will be set up. The whole process can take as little as a week. After that, you can develop your new collection or community page to your heart's content.

As always, the Library and Bepress Customer Service are always on hand to answer questions.

Research Data

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, provides faculty a way to preserve, promote and share research data. We can help in the following ways:

  • Consult on how Via fits into the data management plans your funding source may require
  • Provide guidance on what formats, metadata and additional information you should include in your research data deposit
  • Help with creating an online space for posting your data
  • Answer questions about permanent URLs and other preservation concerns​​

Image, Audio & Video Galleries

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, provides faculty a way to preserve, promote and share galleries of images, audio recordings and videos.

Examples of gallery projects we support include:

  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Data visualizations
  • Conference videos or audio recordings
  • Performances or compositions

Digital Services is your first point of contact in creating new galleries. We wil set up an initial meeting to:

  • Discuss your gallery idea
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Define the name and URL of your new site

After this initial meeting, your new web space will be created for you and a training date will be set up. The whole process can take as little as a week. After that, you can develop your new gallery​​ to your heart's content.

Student Work

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, hosts a number of DePaul student projects. Examples of past collections of student work include:

Digital Services is your first point of contact in creating new student collections. We will set up an initial meeting with you where we will:

  • Discuss your student collection
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Define the name and URL of your new site

After this initial meeting, your new collection will be created for you and a training date will be set up. The whole process can take as little as a week. After that, you can develop your new collection​ to your heart's content.

White Papers & Technical Reports

DePaul's Institutional Repository, Via Sapientiae, provides faculty a way to preserve, promote and share your white papers, technical reports and many other types of scholarly works. We can help in the following ways:

  • Discuss your content
  • Go over the features available to you
  • Define the name and URL of your new site

After this initial meeting, your new collection will be created for you and a training date will be set up. The whole process can take as little as a week. After that, you can develop your new collection to your heart's content. Moreover, these collections can then be auto-collected into departmental collections or SelectedWorks pages.​​