Nebraska’s Digital Commons in the News

UNL online informa-tion database ranks 4th in U.S.,” by Zak Pluhacek, Daily Nebraskan, 1 December 2006,

Nebraska is roaring into the online media revolution, putting tens of thousands of documents online in its “Digital Commons

It took just 18 months for University of Nebraska-Lincoln archivists to create the Digital Commons, a now internationally ranked online database of more than 15,000 papers, essays and articles.

The archive was recently bumped to the fourth largest in the U.S. and is in the top 15 worldwide in terms of size, according to grading by the Registry of Open Access Repositories, or ROAR.

The directories of the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are the only three in the nation with more materials than the UNL commons. Each has been available for more than five years.

The University of California’s archive, which UNL surpassed to gain ROAR’s fourth-place rank-ing, is more than 10 years old.

“We’ve been working very hard to populate (the UNL data-base) with content. We’re probably the fastest growing digital archive in the United States at this point,” said Paul Royster, UNL’s Digital Commons director.

Royster began uploading around 10,000 doctoral dissertations written by UNL faculty members to the database in 2005. Since then, he and his staff of five students have added more than 5,000 other materials, and con-tinue to add to the service piece by piece.

Among other collections, the Digital Common hosts papers from the Political Science department’s Hendricks Symposium, most recently about the role of genetics in digital media. This month several Hendricks papers are in the most downloaded list from the DC archive. (The papers’ position this month is compared to last month’s standings).

52 from 90 Evolutionary Model of Racial Attitude Formation Socially Shared and Idiosyncratic Racial Attitudes
98 from 109 The Political Consequences of Perceived Threat and Felt Insecurity
111 from 104 Audience Effects on Moralistic Punishment
131 from 59 When Can Politicians Scare Citizens Into Supporting Bad Policies? A Theory of Incentives With Fear Based Content
160 from 26 Genetic Configurations of Political Phenomena: New Theories, New Methods
188 from 63 ‘Heroism’ in Warfare
212 from 76 Testosterone, Cortisol, and Aggression in a Simulated Crisis Game
212 from 93 Empathy and Collective Action in the Prisoner’s Dilemma
244 from 132 Judgments about cooperators and freeriders on a Shuar work team: An evolutionary psychological perspective
244 from 69 Personality and Emotional Response: Strategic and Tactical Responses to Changing Political Circumstances
331 from 54 The Neural Basis of Representative Democracy