About DOOR

DOOR (DOuglas Open Repository)

DOOR is proud to be a founding member of the BC provincial repository consortia known as - Arca  

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DOOR is a scholarly publishing platform which showcases and preserves the scholarly, research and creative works of the Douglas College community.  The repository creates an institutional research hub while supporting the open access principle which is that outcomes of publicly funded research should be made available free to researchers worldwide.  Primarily, the repository enables Douglas College researchers who have been funded to comply with Canada's Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. The repository provides a secure and enduring open access software platform which aims to increase the visibility, usage and impact of College's collective knowledge and expertise.  

Examples of scholarship for deposit include :

  • article preprints or final refereed manuscripts (the author's version of the article, not the publisher's published version unless allowed by the publisher)
  • research reports
  • books, book chapters
  • conference presentations or conference papers
  • scholarly video presentations or audio presentations
  • student theses (with faculty approval)
  • Faculty theses and other material pertaining to scholarly research.  


DOOR was an early adopter of the ELN provincial institutional repository initiative (Arca) and leverages expertise from both ELN (Electronic Library Network) and other member repositories in the province, as well as, the expertise of Digital Gardens the creator of the open Islandora software. 

Arca is the province-wide network of digital repositories that:  provides access to faculty and student research output across multiple post-secondary institutions via a cross-repository search layer. It also supports the management of institutional digital assets and showcases British Columbia as a hub for knowledge creation. Arca is a collaborative project of British Columbia post-secondary institutions to provide anytime, anywhere access to research created at BC post-secondary institutions.  Arca is made possible by a partnership between BC ELN and Charlottetown, PEI-based software firm discoverygarden. Implementation was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education.