About the Digital Commons @ Macalester
The Digital Commons ™ is a hosted service offered by Berkeley Electronic Press that provides a publishing platform and an archive for scholarly and creative works in an open-access environment. Macalester began publishing and archiving student Honors projects in the Digital Commons @ Macalester in 2005. We expanded to publishing peer-reviewed student journals with the digitization of the Macalester Journal of Philosophy and we now publish over a dozen student- and campus-produced publications. We also serve as the hosting site for one scholarly society journal, Himalaya.
Over the past few years, continuous improvements in the Digital Commons software have allowed for expansion into new areas including conferences and multimedia materials. Our Oral Histories project began in 2007 and will continue to grow as interviews are edited and published.
An additional feature of the Digital Commons is the ability to share information about individual faculty members and their publications. To help highlight and increase visibility of our faculty scholarship, we implemented Selected Works in 2009. One of the great benefits of this is the ability to highlight collaborative faculty/student scholarship on department web pages. [See an example in Math/Statistics/Computing]
In 2011, we embarked on a new project to bring to publication a multimedia book. Captive Audiences/Captive Performers: Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945 is being published one chapter at a time, but will become our first book-length resource.
The DeWitt Wallace Library staff oversees the management and development of the Digital Commons @ Macalester. We believe the service contributes to making the scholarship produced by our faculty, students, and staff more accessible and thus contributes to worldwide scholarship. In addition to preserving the intellectual output of our community, we increase the visibility and demonstrate the quality and depth of scholarship that takes place at Macalester.
You can read more about open access and scholarly publishing at the bepress site.