FAQs: DigitalCommons@ILR and The Scholarly Commons migration
Cornell University Library is migrating the ILR School (DigitalCommons@ILR) and School of Hotel Administration (The Scholarly Commons) repositories into eCommons, its university-wide platform for open scholarship. The project will be complete by the end of 2020, although it is possible that ILR and SHA content will co-exist in both eCommons and the current platforms for a period of time.
Support for faculty, centers, institutes, and other units within the ILR School and the School of Hotel Administration will continue to be be provided by the Catherwood Library and Nestlé Library staff, respectively.
The change is necessitated by budget constraints, but it has benefits beyond the substantial financial savings. The benefits include:
- Standards-based identifiers that enable reliable, long-term citation and support additional functionality such as alt-metrics
- Long-term preservation of content
- Excellent performance with Internet search engines
- Greater flexibility in setting up and managing collections
- Use of an open source and community-governed repository platform
- Cornell-focused support for the platform and its users, provided by Cornell University Library.
The Catherwood Library and Nestlé Library remain committed to collecting and uploading your works just as we have in the past. You will see no change in our service model: faculty can continue to send their CVs or new items as they are published, and units within both schools can send their respective library their publications for upload.
Each author's Selected Works page will remain available with its original URL. However, we expect the branding of each school will be replaced with standard Selected Works branding. Library staff will no longer be able to access or edit the page on an author's behalf, but authors will retain editing rights. We can advise on how to delete your Selected Works page if you no longer wish to maintain it.
We're happy to help you identify alternatives to Selected Works. Using your ORCID iD to unambiguously link your work to your identity is one such option
We will migrate download data from the current platform into eCommons, and it will appear in each item's description. eCommons download statistics will also be also available for each item.
While eCommons does collect and display download statistics for items in the repository, the eCommons platform does not currently support an author dashboard or automated reports of monthly statistics. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Catherwood Library or Nestlé Library with questions about usage statistics for your materials.
We will put in place URL redirects from the landings pages for items in the current ILR and SHA repositories to their respective landing pages in eCommons. We will also put in place URL redirects at the top level of each repository, and the collections within them.
We will notify webmasters (and other stakeholders known to CUL staff) in advance of the migration, so they may update links on their websites. If you'd like to make sure we notify you, please contact us:
Not at this time.