After several months of preparation, the library has now successfully transitioned from IRis, our previous repository platform, to the newly redesigned Digital Repository Service (DRS).IRis was publicly launched in 2006, and attained a milestone of 1 million downloads in 2013. The DRS builds upon the success of IRis by offering expanded functionality and customization specific to community needs. Like IRis, the DRS is a storage and preservation tool designed to allow the Northeastern University community to store materials that are produced at the University or are important to the university’s mission. Faculty are welcome to upload their research materials, publications, datasets, and presentations; staff can store important administrative materials, like departmental photographs and documents. As in IRis, the library deposits all master’s theses and doctoral dissertations completed at the University into the DRS. Exemplary undergraduate student projects and publications are also included in the DRS. DRS features include:
Self deposit: Faculty members may deposit their own material.
Simple discovery: The locally developed interface offers user-friendly searching and browsing.
Saving and downloading: Materials can be saved to Sets or downloaded for future use.
Easy account creation: Users may sign in to the DRS with their myNEU username and password.
As of today the DRS has over 70,000 files stored, and more than half of those files are available to the public:
1,677 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations completed at Northeastern University since 2008
1,217 publications authored by Northeastern University faculty and staff
16 archival collections from University Archives and Special Collections, including photographs from the Boys and Girls Club and Freedom House collections
25,000 photographs from Northeastern University’s Office of Marketing and Communications (faculty and staff access only)