News: Modern Language Association CORE (Commons Open Repository Exchange)

See the full press release for the exciting news on CORE. From the press release:

The Modern Language Association (MLA) and Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) are pleased to announce the beta launch of the Commons Open Repository Exchange, or CORE. CORE is a digital repository for MLA members to share and archive all forms of scholarly communication, from conference papers to syllabi, published articles to data sets. It provides MLA Commons members with a persistent, openly accessible storage facility for their scholarly output, using the existing Commons network to share this work and to encourage peer feedback and collaboration.

This is tremendously exciting because so many colleagues do not have the support they need for institutional repositories to support their work for permanent, open access. Even in cases where colleagues do have institutional repositories, some can seem and feel overly  focused on journal articles alone, when scholarly communications includes the full breadth and depth of syllabi, grant proposals, books, articles, exhibits, and so much more! It’s fabulous to have an Open Access Subject Repository for the MLA Community that embraces the many types of scholarly products for and with the immediate community, and the many broad and connected communities and publics. Congratulations and thanks go to MLA and Columbia for beta launching CORE!
I’m very much looking forward to the full launch of CORE, and hopeful for tools to ingest works from existing IRs. For example, UF has the fabulous UF Digital Collections and the IR@UF, which is the central Institutional Repository, and which has many included subject-area digital scholarship collections where I’ve been able to share all types of resources. CORE could possibly use ORCID or other connecting tools to ingest or connect from existing great local repositories to easily support folks who’ve already had great local repository support and so have many materials already online that are ready to share further through CORE.