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Brandeis Institutional Repository

The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) is a resource for the Brandeis community to showcase, organize, share, and preserve research and scholarship in an Open Access repository. The BIR is a historical record of the research done by our faculty, students and staff. More than this, the BIR contributes to the ever-growing world of scholarly communications and the research cycle by providing greater access to that output.

In other words, the BIR contributes to the scholarly communication landscape by providing access to scholarly material that is open and free to all. The objective of Open Access is to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and research freely across the internet.

Why submit your work to the BIR? It’s a great place to house your scholarship.

For faculty, it is the place to keep a digital copy of your publications in one place. For students who are working on theses or major projects on campus, the BIR helps preserve your academic achievements while at Brandeis. And for staff, it is the place to house your conference papers and any key achievements in your field.

Brandeis research and education showcased in one location!

Content accepted for inclusion in the BIR must be:

  • Original work created by a current member of the Brandeis community (faculty, staff and students)
  • Produced by Brandeis University faculty and staff, or student work sponsored by Brandeis faculty or departments
  • Focused on education and/or research
  • In digital format
  • Ready for public distribution
  • Compliant with US copyright regulations
  • Work for which the author/owner is willing to grant the BIR non-exclusive preservation and distribution rights as described in the submission license

Brandeis University faculty, staff, and sponsored research affiliates are invited to consider placing their research in the Institutional Repository. We also encourage communities within the repository to identify a collection administrator who can help to define policies and carry out practices relevant to that community.

The Library Advisory Committee will address any questions about appropriateness of content for the institutional repository in keeping with University policies. In evaluating specific materials for inclusion in the BIR, consideration is given to their purpose, preservation, audience, rights and permissions.

The content of the Brandeis Institutional Repository is organized in “communities” that reflect the academic and administrative structure of Brandeis University. For example, the community for the School of Arts and Sciences has “sub-communities” for each department and program. Within the communities or sub-communities, “collections” of works can be organized by research group, individual faculty member, content type or other logical groupings that meet the community’s need.

The BIR in Action

The BIR works closely with the Brandeis University Press, the Classics Department, Archives and Special Collections, the Cohen Institute, the Women’s Studies Research Centerjust to name a few. The content found in the BIR is organized into communities to reflect the academic and administrative organization of the University. We have within the collection more than 100 faculty publications, 14 digital collections through Archives & Special Collections, 550 GSAS master’s theses and much more.

We collaborate with the Classics Department and the Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection (CLARC). We also provide training and teach students the importance of metadata in describing physical objects to make them discoverable to the scholarly community.

Archives & Special Collections continues to add new and unique collections to the BIR. One of the most popular collection in the BIR is the Honoré Daumier Digitized Lithographs Collection. There are approximately 5,000 digitized images in the collection. This is a distinctive resource for the study of Daumier’s art and 19th-century French history. Another interesting item is an early modern Venice Receipt Book, which provides a glimpse into the everyday life in the Jewish community of Venice.

For more information, or if you think you have something to deposit, please visit: bir.brandeis.edu

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