FAQs

What is DOOR?

  • DOOR -- DOuglas Open Repository is a publishing platform offered by the Douglas College Library.  It showcases scholarship, research and creative works of the Douglas College faculty and community.  DOOR aims to highlight the unique subject expertise of faculty and their contributions to the world of knowledge.  DOOR includes peer reviewed articles, chapters in books, books, conference presentations or papers, documentaries, etc.
  • Faculty can request a Scholars Page which includes an Academic Introduction, research interests and recent publications.  

What do I need to do first?

  • The Library needs a DOOR Licence and Submission agreement to host your scholarly work.  Use the link below to obtain an agreement and send a completed copy to Gretchen Goertz c/o David Lam Campus library or scan and send by email to [email protected]

DOOR License and Submission agreement (Available on DC Connect by searching DOOR or if the link fails please email Gretchen directly. 

What kinds of digital records can be hosted in DOOR?

  • DOOR has the capability to have many types of digital files. 
  • Current types of files types supported are : 
  • Text (ppt, pptx, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf)
  • Image files (.gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpg2, .png, psd, .tiff, .tif
  • Audio and Video (.mp3, .wav., .mp4, .mov, .wmv)

Can students contribute to DOOR?

  • DOOR is currenlty collecting and preserving the capstone research works of undergraduate students.  Capstone student research papers, student conference presentations and student honours theses may be added to DOOR.  However, students must be approved and recommended by a Douglas College faculty member from the subject area (or preferably from the instructor who taught the course).  Faculty members can email their written recommendation directly to Gretchen at [email protected] and must include the student's name, title of the paper/conference presentation and a short reason for their recommendation. 
  • Faculty recommendation must be sent before the student work can be included in DOOR.

Is DOOR open access?

  • Yes, DOOR is a web-accessible open access Institutional Repository.  DOOR provides a long term online software platform to preserve, promote and share the intellectual output of Douglas College community in an institutional context.  Submissions should have an accompanying digital object that can be made available to the Douglas and global scholarly community permanently without access restrictions.  

How is DOOR organized?

  • DOOR is not hierarchical but rather is organized by "communities" and "collections".  In this way works can be shared in different communities, for example if there is research that crosses different disciplines, the work can be shared in different collections and also on all faculty pages of those involved.  

Why contribute to DOOR?

  • DOOR presents the scholarship and creative works of Douglas College in one location and enables access to colleagues (both at Douglas and beyond),   Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in common Internet search engines, as well as other academic search portals.  This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work. In addition, because a permanent URL is established, researchers can point to these works without the concern that the online content will disappear or move. 

I’ve already published it, so why should I put it in DOOR?

  • Web search engines (Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo) crawl digital repositories regularly, making it quick and easy for anyone to find scholarly works in DOOR, thereby increasing the likelihood that your work will be found and read.
  • Another benefit of depositing your scholarly works into DOOR is it presents your work as part of the Douglas College community of expertise.  DOOR provides open access to your materials making it cheaper and easier for you and your peers to exchange scholarly information. This does not mean, however, that you lose moral authority over your work. Users are obligated to acknowledge and properly cite your work.
  • DOOR allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. You can deposit copies of published articles and book chapters but also unpublished work such as conference and working papers, reports, theses, dissertations, multimedia materials and newsletters. 

What is Arca?

  • DOOR is a partner institution in Arca.  Arca is a collaborative initiative to support the development and implementation of digital repositories at BC post-secondary institutions.  Arca provides access to post-secondary institutional digital assets and research output via a cross-repository search layer. Participating institutions share a single repository, with individual customized website interfaces providing portals to their own content. Arca houses a broad variety of institutional knowledge, including scholarly material and digital assets such as administrative documents, newsletters, images, multimedia, and audiovisual materials.