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Nebraska Goes Big

Libraries' humanities digital research and digital repositories tops in Big Ten

Willa Cather papers

By Joan Barnes, University Libraries

UNL Libraries has key assets in digital research that place UNL on equal or competitive footing with its Big Ten peers -- the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the DigitalCommons.

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, a joint program of UNL Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences, assists in creating interdisciplinary scholarly digital content and develops tools that mine data in the digital format. The center has been forging a trail of research in digital humanities since 2004 with projects such as The Willa Cather Archive, The Walt Whitman Archive and Railroads and the Making of Modern America. As a UNL Program of Excellence, the center has been recognized with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to raise a $2 million endowment supporting the center's early career mentoring programs.

In March, Barbara McFadden Allen, executive director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, said during a campus visit that the success of UNL's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities is a model for Big Ten peers to emulate. Projects are developed collaboratively between research and library faculty. In 2013, UNL and the center will host the international Digital Humanities conference for as many as 400 digital humanities scholars from around the world.

The UNL DigitalCommons is the Libraries' online repository for university scholarship and research. With almost 50,000 documents, it is the second largest in the United States, behind only Big Ten "rival" University of Michigan's Deep Blue (at 61,000+ documents).

Read more about Big Ten Conference and the Committee for Institutional Cooperation.

The UNL DigitalCommons is the Libraries' online repository for university scholarship and research. With almost 50,000 documents, it is the second largest in the United States, behind only Big Ten "rival" University of Michigan's Deep Blue (at 61,000+ documents). It includes faculty research articles, ebooks and original publications, extension materials, and masters theses — all open access and free to the public — plus more than 11,000 doctoral dissertations from 1902 to the present that are restricted to campus users. It furnishes more than 10,000 downloads daily to users in 180-plus countries worldwide. Content can be found at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/ or through a Google search by subject.

Most popular papers of all time on UNL's DigitalCommons:

  • Parametricism (SPC) ACADIA Regional 2011 Conference Proceedings by Janghwan Cheon, Steve(n) Hardy, and Timothy Hemsath
  • Electronic Rodent Repellent Devices: A Review of Efficacy Test Protocols and Regulatory Actions by Stephen A. Schumake
  • G89-947 Buying Meat by the Serving by Dennis E. Burson
  • The Constitutions of the Free-Masons (1734). An Online Electronic Edition by James Anderson A.M., Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Royster (editor & depositor)
  • Positive Organizational Behavior in the Workplace: The Impact of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience by Carolyn M. Youssef and Fred Luthans
  • A Description of New England (1616): An Online Electronic Text Edition by John Smith, Captain & Admiral and Paul Royster, editor
  • Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology: Complete Work by Mary Ann (Basinger) Maggenti, Armand R. Maggenti, and Scott Lyell Gardner (Editor)
  • Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection Bibliography - Volume II: English and European Languages (2000) by Shaista Wahab
  • Effects of Offshore Oil and Gas Development: A Current Awareness Bibliography by Sue Ann Gardner, D. Landry, and J. Riley

Kenneth Price discusses the discovery of the Walt Whitman papers and their significance.

Watch "'I pass so poorly with paper and types' -- The Making and Remaking of Walt Whitman in the Digital Age," a Nebraska Lecture by Kenneth M. Price