Digital Commons archive

Over 1,000,000 Downloads Worldwide from Digital Archive

by Hannah Fair, Student Public Relations Writer

The scholarly and creative work of Cedarville University’s students, faculty and staff is having an impact around the world in more than 200 countries through Cedarville’s institutional repository, DigitalCommons@Cedarville. This spring semester, a user in the Philippines completed the one-millionth download, which was the article “The Effectiveness of Music Therapy in the Pediatric Population.”

Although the primary purpose of the repository since its inception in 2012 has been to collect and disseminate this scholarly and creative activity, it also serves as the archive for the historical record of the university.

— Josh Michael

"This milestone shows how Cedarville University is having a global impact by taking research and academic output grounded in a biblical worldview to a worldwide audience,” said Josh Michael, dean of library services and assistant professor of library science. “It signifies how technology can be used to extend the reach of faculty and student scholarship from a local audience to a global one.”

“Our repository compares well with repositories in much larger institutions,” said Greg Martin, Digital Commons director and associate professor of library science. “We have over 36,000 items in the Digital Commons. Our vendor often uses us as an example when other schools are starting repositories.”

Martin emphasized how the repository makes people aware of what Cedarville is accomplishing in the scholarly realm. “The attention our repository is receiving speaks well for the quality of our university,” he said. “Prospective students can view this and want to be a part of what’s happening at Cedarville.” Find out the full range of publications available at digitalcommons.cedarville.edu.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.