About cIRcle

What is cIRcle?

cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere via the web.

UBC is committed to “developing a system for making UBC research accessible in digital repositories, especially open access repositories” and cIRcle is part of this strategy. The Senates of UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have both endorsed UBC’s Open Access Position Statement which encourages faculty to deposit their research in cIRcle. In addition, some funding agencies have open access policies.

If you wish to make your research openly accessible, cIRcle is an option to consider. You can always find us at our easy-to-remember URL: https://circle.ubc.ca

What can I find in cIRcle?

Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry.

How is cIRcle organized?

cIRcle content is organized around communities and collections. Communities are UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. Each community oversees one or more of its own collections, which contain submitted items. Collections and communities, therefore, have their own distinct identity and content.

How is cIRcle connected to UBC Library?

cIRcle is a service of the UBC Library and is a key player supporting the 'Accelerate Research' strategic direction in the Library's Strategic Plan which in turn is based on UBC's core commitment to 'Research Excellence' as described in Place and Promise: the UBC Plan.

What software does cIRcle use?

cIRcle uses software called DSpace, an open-source system developed by MIT and Hewlett-Packard. Hundreds of institutions in countries around the world use DSpace. To learn more about cIRcle’s use of DSpace, see our user guides.

How can I add my work to cIRcle?

Visit our Getting Started guides to learn more or contact cIRcle staff.

Background

The system of scholarship and scholarly publishing is going through a process of change across the world. Notions of authorship and scholarly publishing are rapidly evolving in the digital age. Digital repositories (also known as information or institutional repositories) provide an opportunity to make scholarly content (including peer reviewed content) freely available online. Providing open access to an institution’s research output can make the dissemination of scholarly information more cost effective and easier, resulting in greater accountability for public tax dollars.

Timeline

In April 2006, the UBC Library’s e-Library Committee proposed the creation of a digital repository to showcase UBC’s scholarly work online. A pilot project was launched in spring 2007 and two years later, cIRcle became a full service of the Library. Today, with over 40,000 items online (and growing) scholarly communication is beginning to come full circle at UBC.

Mission

cIRcle’s main goals are:

  • To showcase the intellectual output of UBC and its partners by making the research carried out at UBC freely accessible;
  • To support teaching, learning, and research activities on campus; and
  • To preserve materials in cIRcle for future generations.


International Ranking

cIRcle is currently ranked the number 1 repository in Canada and consistently ranks in the top 5 of Canadian repositories in "The Ranking Web of World Repositories" operated by the Cybermetrics Lab in Spain. In North America, cIRcle is ranked number 11. Internationally, cIRcle ranks 19 out of 1897 institutional repositories and number 26 out of all world repositories numbering 1983 as of July, 2014.


Why use cIRcle?

cIRcle offers a number of services to help you manage and enhance your scholarly profile, but the three major benefits of our repository are that it is:

Simple
  • We will work with you to get your materials submitted and take care of indexing to make them easily findable.


Visible
  • cIRcle content is indexed by high-profile search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing, as well as academically focused search engines and collections such as Google Scholar, OAIster and CARL making it quick and easy for scholars and others to find your work.

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Permanent
  • We strive to maintain your work over the long term. And we won't change URLs every time there's a webpage redesign - the links to your materials will remain the same over time.


Need more reasons? Read about how contributing to cIRcle supports Open Access and Granting Agency Mandates, or visit our Who's using cIRcle? page to see what others are saying about the benefits of using cIRcle.



If you’d like to learn more about how to deposit your work in cIRcle, visit our Getting Started guide or contact cIRcle staff.


Who’s using cIRcle?

cIRcle content is organized around communities representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. There are currently more than 40,000 items in cIRcle and the number continues to grow as new communities are added.

Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Check out the ‘Top 3 Items’ on the cIRcle home page. Look for the ‘Show Statistical Information’ link at the bottom of each record in cIRcle, or visit our FAQ for more information.

How our contributors are using cIRcle:

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"I found that placing self-published documents in cIRcle is a very effective way at letting the world know about a publication while also greatly reducing the number of direct requests to me for copies of the publication. As an added benefit, the world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle.
The impact of a publication, even those self-published, can be measured by how many people read it and use it. The download statistics are interesting and one can see where in the world people find your publication useful. I certainly take more pride in a few thousand ‘hits’ in cIRcle than I do in a handful of references to a published journal article.
I still have more to add to cIRcle and recommend that others do too! We should always encourage sharing of knowledge and I am glad UBC has created a mechanism to do this very effectively."
–Dwayne Tannant, Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus


View the School of Engineering Faculty Publications (UBC Okanagan) collection in cIRcle!


"...the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) program in the Faculty of Forestry underwent an accreditation review this spring [2012]... Examination of typical student “products” by the accreditation review team...form[s] an important component of an accreditation review of a forestry program. ...Through cIRcle, I was able to easily provide an unfettered selection of graduating essays that review team members could conveniently peruse from a distance to ascertain the range of topics and quality included in these essays. I was told by the review team chair that this access was much appreciated and made this component of their review much simpler.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the excellent work you have put into developing and implementing cIRcle."

–Peter Marshall, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Faculty of Forestry


View the Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses collection in cIRcle!
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My experience with cIRcle and its staff has been nothing but positive. The enthusiasm for getting student work published and out in the world is truly laudable, and very much coincides with MURC’s goals of furthering student knowledge and presence in the scholarly world. The opportunity offered to students to get their work out where any interested party could view it and learn from it is a great way to get them thinking like scholars and being a part of the educational and research processes. Thank you cIRcle!."


–Joe Young, Project Manager, Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 (MURC)


View the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference collections in cIRcle!


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"We are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series. The help and support from cIRcle to make this real is highly appreciated."
–Dirk van Zyl, Professor, Department of Mining Engineering


View the Tailings and Mine Waste 2011 collection in cIRcle!


"Th[e] digital repository offered the open access and content preservation that we hoped would capture our shared efforts in a permanent way. Our UBC cIRcle team offered support identifying, collecting and preserving material, guiding us through the more technical aspects, and keeping us engaged throughout. cIRcle is a powerful resource that was indispensable in our efforts to create a legacy from the Games."
–Michelle Aucoin, Director, UBC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat


View the UBC and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games collections in cIRcle!
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"cIRcle allows the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology to make our reports and data available to the widest possible community of users. We provide links to cIRcle's permanent and stable repository of documents, graduate theses and dissertations in our own publications and webpages, thereby quickly disseminating valuable information that otherwise would be very difficult to access. The usage statistics that cIRcle generates are an added bonus--it is great to be able to track the number of downloads of our documents over the course of months and years."

–Michael Blake, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology


View the Laboratory of Archaeology collections in cIRcle!
"As an investigator who is taking up an ‘integrated KT’ [knowledge translation] approach to dissemination it is helpful to have some additional ways to refer to work (eg. reports) that are developed for a broader audience than the typical audience for peer reviewed publications. cIRcle does provide opportunities to link scholarly articles with work framed for a broader audience."

–Judith Lynam, Professor, School of Nursing


View Professor Lynam's report Qualitative Evidence in Practice in cIRcle!
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"cIRcle is searchable, has good use information, and, above all is reliable, in our world of constantly changing url's. [...] We are impressed [by] the number of downloads recorded in cIRcle, indicating that it has a far wider circulation than we realized."

–R.G. Matson, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Anthropology/Laboratory of Archaeology


View Professor Matson's Cedar Mesa Project in cIRcle!



"Since having [my project] on cIRcle [...] I feel like it validates my project in some way because now it's publicly available it's associated with UBC and UBC Academics, and definitely makes me feel a lot more confident in its accuracy and its acceptance by an academic audience."

–Devon Wong, UBC graduate (BA Sociology, 2010)


View Devon Wong's documentary The Root Cause in cIRcle!
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"Nothing makes me strive for excellence more than knowing that anyone in the world could see my work."

–Andre Malan, UBC graduate (BSC Honours Computer Science, 2011)

View the complete list of cIRcle communities and collections and contact cIRcle staff to find out how you can deposit your work in cIRcle.

Projects

Projects

The following sections highlight just a few of the many exciting collection projects featured in cIRcle. For an exhaustive list, you can browse the database by communities and collections or use cIRcle's Advanced Search feature to narrow your search.

Current

This list represents a small sample of the projects currently underway.

Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR), Centre for

The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) is an independent research centre based in the School of Population and Public Health of the University of British Columbia with the mission of stimulating scientific enquiry into health system performance, equity and sustainability. While actively participating in various policy-making forums and are regularly called upon to provide policy advice in British Columbia, Canada, and abroad, its research is primarily funded through competitive, peer-reviewed grants obtained from Canadian and international funding agencies.

Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses

The latest FRST 497 and FRST 498 Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses for 2014 are near completion in cIRcle. These graduating essays/theses provide an opportunity for each student, during his/her graduating year, to undertake independent study, under direction of a faculty member, in a subject area of interest to him/her. As per the faculty, employers in all segments of the natural resources community place a premium upon good oral and written communication.

Cedar Mesa Project, Utah USA (Second Edition)

This collection will contain the second edition of: Human adaptations on Cedar Mesa, Southeastern Utah by R.G. Matson, William D. Lipe, and William R. Haase IV (1990). The first edition is currently available in cIRcle where it has been downloaded over 3,700 times since it was uploaded in 2010

Adam Jones Photography Collection

Adam Jones is an associate professor of political science in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan and is an expert consultant to the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, based in New York. The Adam Jones Global Photo Archive is a pilot project which aimed to capture and preserve a selection of digital images taken by Adam Jones which relate to his scholarly publications in genocide studies.

SWORD Implementation Project

cIRcle staff are currently investigating strategies for using SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) to automatically upload to cIRcle UBC faculty authored articles published by open access publishers. This project supports cIRcle’s mandate to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output.

Completed

This list represents a small sample of the completed and ongoing projects at cIRcle. Click on the project title to view the collection in cIRcle.

Geography Faculty Publications and Reports

Recent journal articles and reports written by the Department of Geography faculty at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42387.

Symposium on Early Modern Japanese Values and Individuality

The Symposium on Early Modern Japanese Values and Individuality was held at UBC Asian Centre August 28-30, 2013. Jointly presented by UBC Asian Studies, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Japan Foundation, and sponsored in part by the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver “the symposium revisited pre-industrial Japan with an aim of enhancing our understanding of those earlier values and how they have contributed to the emergence of today’s Japan.

Forestry Annual Reports

The Forestry Annual Reports collection in cIRcle contains annual reports since the mid-1990s to present at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/36393.

PIMS (Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences)

The PIMS mandate is to promote research and applications of the mathematical sciences of the highest international caliber; to facilitate the training of highly-qualified personnel at the graduate and postdoctoral level; to enrich public awareness of mathematics through outreach; to enhance mathematical training for teachers and students in K-12; and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

Peter Ward's research datasets

cIRcle uploaded Professor Peter Ward's historical datasets on childbirth and newborn weight from European and North American cities, 1843-1940.

Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914

cIRcle created a collection for the research findings and select resources of Film Studies Professor Brian McIlroy's SSHRC Insight Development Grant funded project entitled “Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914.”

Theses and Dissertations, Undergraduate and Graduate Projects and more

In the Spotlight: Linguistics Undergraduate Honours Theses AND Environmental Science Undergraduate Research Papers and Reports

Upcoming

This list represents a small sample of the projects in the planning and consultation stage.

CeMCOR: The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research

cIRcle is consulting with CeMCOR to provide open access and long-term preservation to CeMCOR research papers.

Canadian Literature Journal

The first 155 issues of this journal (1959-1997) will be made available in cIRcle.

British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Since 1977, the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) has annually sponsored the British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium to foster the exchange of information and ideas on reclamation. The TRCR originated in the early 1970's, in response to a demonstrated need in British Columbia for greater government-industry communications in the area of environmental protection and reclamation associated with mining. Stay tuned for B.C.’s 38th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium papers for 2014 coming to cIRcle soon.


 

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