Penn State’s ScholarSphere is a new research repository service offered by the University Libraries and Information Technology Services, enabling Penn State faculty, staff, and students to share their scholarly works such as research datasets, working papers, research reports, and image collections, to name a few examples. ScholarSphere will make these works more discoverable, accessible, usable, and thus broadly recognized and known.
The ScholarSphere service will help researchers actively manage stored versions of their research and preserve it, ensuring its longevity over time for future generations of scholars to find, use, and build on. The preservation functions include scheduled and on-demand verifications of deposited works, characterization of files to mitigate future format obsolescence, regular file backups, and replication to disaster recovery sites.
A trusted institutional service, ScholarSphere has safeguards in place for keeping private research secure and unchanged over time, as researchers warrant, as well as for keeping access restricted to the individual researcher.
Building on the ingest and preservation functionality of ScholarSphere, ArchiveSphere is a service aimed at supporting the particular needs of archivists working with today’s complex hybrid collections, which increasingly contain large components of born-digital material. ArchiveSphere automates the management of common preservation activities, like file characterization and migration, fixity checking, etc., while also preserving the relational and hierarchical connections between files. As development continues, ArchiveSphere will provide archivists with tools that permit appraisal, arrangement, and integration with descriptive tools like ArchivesSpace, while also ultimately providing an access mechanism for researchers.
Scholarsphere (approx 9 minutes)