About the Digital Conservancy
As the institutional repository of the University of Minnesota, we provide free, public access and long-term preservation to work created at the U of M.
The University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy (UDC) is:
- a venue for faculty to deposit open access copies of their scholarly work,
- a showcase for select student works, such as dissertations and honors theses,
- home to the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM), and
- centralized, searchable access to institutional digital records including those of the University of Minnesota Archives.
Why Deposit to the Digital Conservancy?
- Higher exposure in web search engines, like Google and Google Scholar.
- Persistant URLs mean no more broken links in references to your work.
- Secure and archival storage, so you don't have to worry about it later.
The University Digital Conservancy provides U of M authors a location to freely deposit their materials. The Digital Conservancy provides free and open access, increases visibility, ensures compliance with public access requirements, as well as provides full-text discoverability and long-term preservation of your work. Additional features are described at conservancy.umn.edu/.
Materials Appropriate for Deposit
Work produced or sponsored by U of M faculty, researchers and/or staff is appropriate for deposit in the Digital Conservancy as well as student works sponsored by U of M faculty or programs (e.g. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Projects). This might include:
- Scholarly works, such as research articles, preprints, presentation posters and slides, reports, and conference papers.
- Research data such as survey data, excel speadsheets, and media (See our Data Repository submission criteria).
- Select student works, such as dissertations, honors theses, and UROP projects.
Work produced or sponsored by administrative and academic units may also be appropriate for deposit in the Digital Conservancy; see the Regents' policy on University Archives. This might include digital or scanned departmental newsletters, administrative reports, and meeting agendas and minutes.
The Digital Conservancy accepts works in most digital formats, however, certain preservation-friendly file formats are preferred (e.g PDF instead of Microsoft Word) and are listed in our Preservation Policy.
Ready to Upload Your Work?
See the options and next steps for U of M affiliates to submit their work.
Digital Conservancy Staff
Digital Conservancy Mailing address:
University Digital Conservancy
c/o University of Minnesota Archives
218 Andersen Library
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Digital Conservancy Co-Director and University Archivist
Digital Conservancy Co-Director and Research Data Management/Curation Lead
Digital Repositories and Records Archivist