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21st Century Digital Scholarship at UCF

Digital Scholarship

Digital Scholarship encompasses digital copyright, digital curation, digital repositories, digital collections, and associated digital issues and tools as they relate to scholarly communication and open access. If you use technology to create, publish, disseminate, or market your research or other works, then you are a digital scholar.


Digital projects and collections

Successfully managing either digitized or born digital materials requires an understanding of a broad range of concepts including selection criteria, file conversion, metadata and description, technical infrastructure requirements, and preservation. For more information, visit:

One of the biggest challenges when creating digital content involves how to deliver a completed collection online. To find out more about digital collection hosting, visit:


Long term preservation

Long-term preservation for scholarly communications includes the creation of a university-wide digital preservation plan, institutional repository, and policies that support the future usability of data and materials. This type of preservation also includes provisions for backups and redundancy, as well as selective inclusion in University Archives.

Within the lifecycle of research, many types of materials are generated. The institutional repository provides a collective storage space and management for both scholarly materials and those items collected by University Archives. Archives holds those materials that are considered administrative records, reports, photographs, etc. created by UCF offices and departments, as well as those publications created and disseminated by UCF or are primarily about UCF.


Online Journals

As the editor or publisher of an online journal, you will need to make decisions regarding the level of openness of the journal as well as any access restrictions and self-archiving policies of the articles. There are two basic features of an open-access journal:

  • Provides free, immediate, online access to the full text of all articles published in the journal.
  • Permits article authors to retain key rights to their works, requesting only the license to distribute …(i.e. a license that complies with the Budapest and/or Bethesda definitions of -Open Access).
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For guidance on establishing and maintaining an online journal, please visit:

To find out how the UCF Libraries can help you with online journal hosting, visit:

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