Why Use the Lehigh Preserve?
Lehigh’s institutional repository, the Lehigh Preserve, provides a centralized, easily accessible, and organized way to archive a range of materials for future generations. These materials are often scholarly articles or data sets, but they can also be in formats as diverse as theses, image galleries, oral histories, and musical productions. An institutional repository preserves university related or produced materials in a consolidated way that avoids a fragmented landscape of hard-to-discover and hard-to-access document caches.
Lehigh University’s Library and Technology Services (LTS), which maintains the Lehigh Preserve, will make every effort to facilitate data migration of the repository’s contents as file and data formats change over time. Long-term preservation of materials is a key goal. LTS will supply appropriate metadata tags to enhance the discoverability of your documents and data.
There are several additional reasons to post the research output of professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students to the Lehigh Preserve:
- Many publishers allow authors to post a version of their published articles. An author may also negotiate with publishers for the right to post their article in their institution’s repository (See SPARC Resources for Authors). Posting one’s publications makes an author’s research publicly accessible and will increase their opportunities for being cited.
- A robust institutional repository helps persons outside the university, including prospective students applying to academic programs, to understand a department’s research programs and goals.
- The Lehigh Preserve provides an easy way to satisfy the requirement of funding agencies such as NSF that data be archived and made publicly accessible (See Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results). The great value in making data accessible is that it allows others to analyze and replicate one’s research findings. While a journal may make available supplementary data that supports an author’s research findings, an institutional repository allows the author to make publicly available additional data as it is compiled.