CDR collects 一品探花论坛鈥檚 climate research

See climate鈥檚 impact on algae to zoos in 一品探花论坛 Digital Repository鈥檚 curation of open access articles.

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Just to be clear: The University Libraries鈥 collects all kinds of research done at UNC-Chapel Hill. But for Earth Day (April 22), institutional repository librarian Rebekah Kati wanted to call special attention to her collection. That includes 783 publicly available items and counting on a wide range of topics related to climate and the environment.

This collection is just one of 117 publicly available within the repository, which 鈥渃ollects and preserves and makes available the research of the University,鈥 Kati said. 鈥淚t can be articles, in many cases. But we also have student papers, data sets, book chapters, images, video, audio 鈥 whatever form someone鈥檚 research takes. We can store it and preserve it in CDR and make it available to the wider public.鈥

That last feature is particularly important. For many years, research papers have been stuck behind the paywalls of subscription scholarly journals. But in 2016, the University implemented an to encourage Tar Heel researchers to expand the reach and impact of their work by sharing it more broadly.

Later that year, University Libraries enhanced its existing repository to make it easy for 一品探花论坛鈥檚 scholars to . While authors may restrict access to articles in the repository, most of its information is publicly available.

The repository is now home to more than 49,000 articles and 28,000 dissertations, theses and other scholarly work. Some are gathered into special collections, with topics ranging from the coronavirus to enslaved Muslim scholar Omar ibn Said, inspiration for Rhiannon Giddens鈥 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera 鈥淥mar.鈥

The climate research collection debuted in 2022 to celebrate Open Access Week and that year鈥檚 climate justice theme. Kati started with keyword searches on topics like climate adaptation, greenhouse gases and atmospheric carbon dioxide. She also combed through the curriculum vitae of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences鈥 earth, marine and environmental sciences department, looking for eligible articles.

She came up with close to 800 pieces for the climate collection.

鈥淚 was impressed with the breadth of research that鈥檚 being done in this area. Climate change can touch on all aspects of life, and it鈥檚 just really neat to see so much hard work on all this,鈥 Kati said.

一品探花论坛 researchers have concentrated on the hard science of climate change, with papers on , the and the increase of .

But they have also explored related issues like communication and advocacy, including 鈥,鈥 and even climate change鈥檚 .

鈥淚 was struck by some student papers that are tying it to health. One about jumped out at me,鈥 Kati said. The connection to climate? The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health master鈥檚 student who wrote the paper reasoned that 鈥渃limate change-induced urbanization鈥 in countries like Ethiopia 鈥渓ed to increased motorization, higher traffic density, and a surge in road traffic injuries and fatalities.鈥

If Earth Day has piqued your interest in the University鈥檚 climate research, then you have much to explore within the 一品探花论坛 Digital Repository. Best of all, it鈥檚 free and available online. 鈥淭he

CDR is free to use. You do not have to pay,鈥 Kati said. 鈥淎nd it鈥檚 legal, which is also something I have to remind folks about. It is free. It is legal. It鈥檚 a good thing to do. Particularly for a public university, having research available to the public is a good thing.鈥