Getting Started with cIRcle

What is cIRcle?

cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere via the web.

UBC is committed to “developing a system for making UBC research accessible in digital repositories, especially open access repositories” and cIRcle is part of this strategy. The Senates of UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan have both endorsed UBC’s Open Access Position Statement which encourages faculty to deposit their research in cIRcle. In addition, some funding agencies have open access policies.

If you wish to make your research openly accessible, cIRcle is an option to consider.

Mission

cIRcle’s main goals are:

  • To showcase the intellectual output of UBC and its partners by making the research carried out at UBC freely accessible;
  • To support teaching, learning, and research activities on campus; and
  • To preserve materials in cIRcle for future generations.

How is cIRcle connected to UBC Library?

cIRcle is a service of the UBC Library and is a key player supporting the 'Accelerate Research' strategic direction in the Library's Strategic Plan which in turn is based on UBC's core commitment to 'Research Excellence' as described in Place and Promise: the UBC Plan.

What can I find in cIRcle?

Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry.

How can I add my work to cIRcle?

Visit our Submissions page to learn more or visit our Contact Us page.

Why use cIRcle?

With all content in cIRcle being indexed by web search engines like Google and Google Scholar, cIRcle enhances the global reach of and accessibility to UBC research. In fact, did you know cIRcle enables UBC researchers to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications? For details, visit Scholarly Communications Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Offering a number of services to help you manage and enhance your scholarly profile, cIRcle provides three major repository benefits as follows:

Simple

  • We will work with you to get your materials submitted and take care of indexing to make them easily findable.

Visible

  • cIRcle content is indexed by high-profile search engines such as Google as well as academically focused search engines and collections such as Google Scholar, OAIster and CARL making it quick and easy for scholars and others to find your work.

Permanent

  • We strive to maintain your work over the long term. And we won't change URLs every time there's a webpage redesign - the links to your materials will remain the same over time.

Need more reasons? Read about how contributing to cIRcle supports Open Access and Granting Agency Mandates, or visit our Who's using cIRcle? tab to see what others are saying about the benefits of using cIRcle.

Who’s using cIRcle?

cIRcle content is organized around communities and collections representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. There are currently more than 60,000 items in cIRcle and the number continues to grow as new research items are added.

Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Look for the statistical information at the bottom of each record in cIRcle, or visit our FAQ for more information.

How our contributors are using cIRcle:

TRIUMF logo blue d.png
"TRIUMF was designed and constructed in the late 60s and early 70s, and as such we have a vast collection of print-only design, engineering, administrative, and science reports. What cIRcle does is give our staff ready access to that treasure trove of institutional knowledge, as well as providing an archival platform to secure our written heritage. As we transition away from print materials to digital-primary document access, cIRcle and Digital Initiatives arrived on the scene at a very opportune time for us.

It has been a pleasure working with the cIRcle and Digital Initiatives teams and we look forward to continue working with them to secure our printed legacy."

–Marcello Pavan, Physicist, Professor & TRIUMF Outreach Coordinator - Education & Outreach

"I found that placing self-published documents in cIRcle is a very effective way at letting the world know about a publication while also greatly reducing the number of direct requests to me for copies of the publication. As an added benefit, the world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle.

The impact of a publication, even those self-published, can be measured by how many people read it and use it. The download statistics are interesting and one can see where in the world people find your publication useful. I certainly take more pride in a few thousand ‘hits’ in cIRcle than I do in a handful of references to a published journal article.

I still have more to add to cIRcle and recommend that others do too! We should always encourage sharing of knowledge and I am glad UBC has created a mechanism to do this very effectively."

–Dwayne Tannant, Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus

View this item in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!

Dwayne Tannant original.JPG

Marshall peter original.jpg "...the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) program in the Faculty of Forestry underwent an accreditation review this spring [2012]... Examination of typical student “products” by the accreditation review team...form[s] an important component of an accreditation review of a forestry program. ...Through cIRcle, I was able to easily provide an unfettered selection of graduating essays that review team members could conveniently peruse from a distance to ascertain the range of topics and quality included in these essays. I was told by the review team chair that this access was much appreciated and made this component of their review much simpler.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the excellent work you have put into developing and implementing cIRcle."

–Peter Marshall, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Faculty of Forestry

View the Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses in the UBC Undergraduate Research collection in cIRcle!


"My experience with cIRcle and its staff has been nothing but positive. The enthusiasm for getting student work published and out in the world is truly laudable, and very much coincides with MURC’s goals of furthering student knowledge and presence in the scholarly world. The opportunity offered to students to get their work out where any interested party could view it and learn from it is a great way to get them thinking like scholars and being a part of the educational and research processes. Thank you cIRcle!."

–Joe Young, Project Manager, Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 (MURC)

View the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference items in the UBC Undergraduate Research collection in cIRcle!

MURC logo.jpg

Dirk van Zyl Headshot 3 small.jpg "We are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series. The help and support from cIRcle to make this real is highly appreciated."

–Dirk van Zyl, Professor, Department of Mining Engineering

View the Tailings and Mine Waste collection in cIRcle!


"Th[e] digital repository offered the open access and content preservation that we hoped would capture our shared efforts in a permanent way. Our UBC cIRcle team offered support identifying, collecting and preserving material, guiding us through the more technical aspects, and keeping us engaged throughout. cIRcle is a powerful resource that was indispensable in our efforts to create a legacy from the Games."

–Michelle Aucoin, Director, UBC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat

View the UBC and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games items in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!

Michelle aucoin Headshot.JPG

Michael Blake Headshot2.jpg "cIRcle allows the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology to make our reports and data available to the widest possible community of users. We provide links to cIRcle's permanent and stable repository of documents, graduate theses and dissertations in our own publications and webpages, thereby quickly disseminating valuable information that otherwise would be very difficult to access. The usage statistics that cIRcle generates are an added bonus--it is great to be able to track the number of downloads of our documents over the course of months and years." See Michael Blake's work in cIRcle Mapping and Testing Precontact Stó:lō Settlements in the Fraser Canyon and Fraser Valley (2004-2005) and Preliminary Report: 1993 Excavations at Paso de la Amada, Chiapas, Mexico.

–Michael Blake, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

View the Laboratory of Archaeology items in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!


"As an investigator who is taking up an ‘integrated KT’ [knowledge translation] approach to dissemination it is helpful to have some additional ways to refer to work (eg. reports) that are developed for a broader audience than the typical audience for peer reviewed publications. cIRcle does provide opportunities to link scholarly articles with work framed for a broader audience."

Judith Lynam, Professor, School of Nursing

View Professor Lynam's report Qualitative Evidence in Practice in cIRcle!

Judith Headshot.jpg

RG Matson Headshot2.jpg "cIRcle is searchable, has good use information, and, above all is reliable, in our world of constantly changing url's. [...] We are impressed [by] the number of downloads recorded in cIRcle, indicating that it has a far wider circulation than we realized."

–R.G. Matson, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Anthropology/Laboratory of Archaeology

View Professor Matson's Cedar Mesa Project in cIRcle!


"Since having [my project] on cIRcle [...] I feel like it validates my project in some way because now it's publicly available it's associated with UBC and UBC Academics, and definitely makes me feel a lot more confident in its accuracy and its acceptance by an academic audience."

–Devon Wong, UBC graduate (BA Sociology, 2010)

View Devon Wong's documentary The Root Cause in cIRcle!

DevonWongheadshot.jpg

Andre Headshot.png "Nothing makes me strive for excellence more than knowing that anyone in the world could see my work."

–Andre Malan, UBC graduate (BSC Honours Computer Science, 2011)

History

The system of scholarship and scholarly publishing is going through a process of change across the world. Notions of authorship and scholarly publishing are rapidly evolving in the digital age. Digital repositories (also known as information or institutional repositories) provide an opportunity to make scholarly content (including peer reviewed content) freely available online. Providing open access to an institution’s research output can make the dissemination of scholarly information more cost effective and easier, resulting in greater accountability for public tax dollars.

Timeline

In April 2006, the UBC Library’s e-Library Committee proposed the creation of a digital repository to showcase UBC’s scholarly work online. A pilot project was launched in spring 2007 and two years later, cIRcle became a full service of the Library. Today, with over 60,000 items online (and growing) scholarly communication is beginning to come full circle at UBC.

Reports

The cIRcle Impact and Activity Report 2017-2018 describes the engagement of UBC researchers, students, and community partners with cIRcle, and illustrates the dissemination of their scholarly work.

Previous Reports:

cIRcle Impact and Activity Report 2016-2017

cIRcle Impact and Activity Report 2015-2016

cIRcle Impact and Activity Report 2013

For more cIRcle news and activities, read our previous “cIRcle in the headlines: December edition” updates from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Follow cIRcle via Twitter - @cIRcle_UBC for the latest news and more from cIRcle.



source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:Circle/What_Is_cIRcle

Why use cIRcle?

With all content in cIRcle being indexed by web search engines like Google and Google Scholar, cIRcle enhances the global reach of and accessibility to UBC research. In fact, did you know cIRcle enables UBC researchers to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications? For details, visit Scholarly Communications Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Offering a number of services to help you manage and enhance your scholarly profile, cIRcle provides three major repository benefits as follows:

Simple
  • We will work with you to get your materials submitted and take care of indexing to make them easily findable.

Visible
  • cIRcle content is indexed by high-profile search engines such as Google as well as academically focused search engines and collections such as Google Scholar, OAIster and CARL making it quick and easy for scholars and others to find your work.

Googlescholar.jpgOaister.jpg

Permanent
  • We strive to maintain your work over the long term. And we won't change URLs every time there's a webpage redesign - the links to your materials will remain the same over time.

Need more reasons? Read about how contributing to cIRcle supports Open Access and Granting Agency Mandates, or visit our Who's using cIRcle? page to see what others are saying about the benefits of using cIRcle.


Want to learn more about how to deposit your work in cIRcle? Visit our Submissions page to learn more or or contact cIRcle staff.



source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:Circle/Why_Use_cIRcle

Who’s using cIRcle?

cIRcle content is organized around communities and collections representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. There are currently more than 60,000 items in cIRcle and the number continues to grow as new research items are added.

Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Look for the statistical information at the bottom of each record in cIRcle, or visit our FAQ for more information.

How our contributors are using cIRcle:

TRIUMF logo blue d.png
"TRIUMF was designed and constructed in the late 60s and early 70s, and as such we have a vast collection of print-only design, engineering, administrative, and science reports. What cIRcle does is give our staff ready access to that treasure trove of institutional knowledge, as well as providing an archival platform to secure our written heritage. As we transition away from print materials to digital-primary document access, cIRcle and Digital Initiatives arrived on the scene at a very opportune time for us.

It has been a pleasure working with the cIRcle and Digital Initiatives teams and we look forward to continue working with them to secure our printed legacy."

–Marcello Pavan, Physicist, Professor & TRIUMF Outreach Coordinator - Education & Outreach

"I found that placing self-published documents in cIRcle is a very effective way at letting the world know about a publication while also greatly reducing the number of direct requests to me for copies of the publication. As an added benefit, the world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle.

The impact of a publication, even those self-published, can be measured by how many people read it and use it. The download statistics are interesting and one can see where in the world people find your publication useful. I certainly take more pride in a few thousand ‘hits’ in cIRcle than I do in a handful of references to a published journal article.

I still have more to add to cIRcle and recommend that others do too! We should always encourage sharing of knowledge and I am glad UBC has created a mechanism to do this very effectively."

–Dwayne Tannant, Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus

View this item in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!

Dwayne Tannant original.JPG

Marshall peter original.jpg "...the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) program in the Faculty of Forestry underwent an accreditation review this spring [2012]... Examination of typical student “products” by the accreditation review team...form[s] an important component of an accreditation review of a forestry program. ...Through cIRcle, I was able to easily provide an unfettered selection of graduating essays that review team members could conveniently peruse from a distance to ascertain the range of topics and quality included in these essays. I was told by the review team chair that this access was much appreciated and made this component of their review much simpler.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the excellent work you have put into developing and implementing cIRcle."

–Peter Marshall, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Faculty of Forestry

View the Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses in the UBC Undergraduate Research collection in cIRcle!


"My experience with cIRcle and its staff has been nothing but positive. The enthusiasm for getting student work published and out in the world is truly laudable, and very much coincides with MURC’s goals of furthering student knowledge and presence in the scholarly world. The opportunity offered to students to get their work out where any interested party could view it and learn from it is a great way to get them thinking like scholars and being a part of the educational and research processes. Thank you cIRcle!."

–Joe Young, Project Manager, Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 (MURC)

View the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference items in the UBC Undergraduate Research collection in cIRcle!

MURC logo.jpg

Dirk van Zyl Headshot 3 small.jpg "We are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series. The help and support from cIRcle to make this real is highly appreciated."

–Dirk van Zyl, Professor, Department of Mining Engineering

View the Tailings and Mine Waste collection in cIRcle!


"Th[e] digital repository offered the open access and content preservation that we hoped would capture our shared efforts in a permanent way. Our UBC cIRcle team offered support identifying, collecting and preserving material, guiding us through the more technical aspects, and keeping us engaged throughout. cIRcle is a powerful resource that was indispensable in our efforts to create a legacy from the Games."

–Michelle Aucoin, Director, UBC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat

View the UBC and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games items in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!

Michelle aucoin Headshot.JPG

Michael Blake Headshot2.jpg "cIRcle allows the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology to make our reports and data available to the widest possible community of users. We provide links to cIRcle's permanent and stable repository of documents, graduate theses and dissertations in our own publications and webpages, thereby quickly disseminating valuable information that otherwise would be very difficult to access. The usage statistics that cIRcle generates are an added bonus--it is great to be able to track the number of downloads of our documents over the course of months and years." See Michael Blake's work in cIRcle Mapping and Testing Precontact Stó:lō Settlements in the Fraser Canyon and Fraser Valley (2004-2005) and Preliminary Report: 1993 Excavations at Paso de la Amada, Chiapas, Mexico.

–Michael Blake, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

View the Laboratory of Archaeology items in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection in cIRcle!


"As an investigator who is taking up an ‘integrated KT’ [knowledge translation] approach to dissemination it is helpful to have some additional ways to refer to work (eg. reports) that are developed for a broader audience than the typical audience for peer reviewed publications. cIRcle does provide opportunities to link scholarly articles with work framed for a broader audience."

Judith Lynam, Professor, School of Nursing

View Professor Lynam's report Qualitative Evidence in Practice in cIRcle!

Judith Headshot.jpg

RG Matson Headshot2.jpg "cIRcle is searchable, has good use information, and, above all is reliable, in our world of constantly changing url's. [...] We are impressed [by] the number of downloads recorded in cIRcle, indicating that it has a far wider circulation than we realized."

–R.G. Matson, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Anthropology/Laboratory of Archaeology

View Professor Matson's Cedar Mesa Project in cIRcle!


"Since having [my project] on cIRcle [...] I feel like it validates my project in some way because now it's publicly available it's associated with UBC and UBC Academics, and definitely makes me feel a lot more confident in its accuracy and its acceptance by an academic audience."

–Devon Wong, UBC graduate (BA Sociology, 2010)

View Devon Wong's documentary The Root Cause in cIRcle!

DevonWongheadshot.jpg

Andre Headshot.png "Nothing makes me strive for excellence more than knowing that anyone in the world could see my work."

–Andre Malan, UBC graduate (BSC Honours Computer Science, 2011)


source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:Circle/Whos_Using_cIRcle

Projects

Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and unreviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry. cIRcle content is organized around communities and collections representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Look for the statistical information at the bottom of each record in cIRcle.

The following sections highlight just a few of the many exciting collection projects featured in cIRcle. For an exhaustive list, you can browse the database by all cIRcle collections or use the Open Collections search to narrow your results.

Want to add your UBC research to cIRcle?

Follow us on Twitter (@cIRcle_UBC)

Database of Religious History (DRH)

The DRH is “[t]he world’s first comprehensive online quantitative and qualitative encyclopedia of religious cultural history”. Explore DRH items contributed "by partners and collaborators from all over the world".

The Database of Religious History website

Project partners

UBC Asian Studies, UBC Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS), UBC Department of English Language & Literatures, UBC History Department, UBC Mathematics Department, UBC Department of Philosophy, and the UBC Department of Psychology

About the project

View items in cIRcle

From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) Project

“Through innovative practices of research and training, [FROGBEAR] fosters the next generation of scholars working on Buddhism and East Asian religions.” View primarily image and video content of this international and interdisciplinary project made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) Project logo

Project partners

UBC Department of Asian Studies and From the Ground Up Institutional Partners

About the project

View items in cIRcle

Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi)

MRAi seeks to improve access to academic research and community-generated materials with a focus on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).” Discover faculty-based articles and other materials.

Project partner

UBC Learning Exchange

About the project

View items in cIRcle

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)

“The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides opportunities for world-class scholars to explore innovative research questions in a vibrant, collegial milieu spanning all disciplines.”

UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies logo

Project partners

Consulate General of France in Vancouver / Consulat général de France à Vancouver, Collège de France, Technical University of Munich - Institute for Advanced Study, and the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study Network

About PWAIS

View items in cIRcle

Portage White Papers

Launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Portage is a national, library-based research data management network that coalesces initiatives in research data management to build capacity and to coordinate activities better." Read white papers authored in French and English by Portage expert groups.

Portage logo

Project partners

Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL), Council of Pacific and Prairie University Libraries (COPPUL), Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), University of Alberta, Compute Canada, Federal Tri-Agencies, Research Data Canada (RDC), Canadian Assoc. of Research Administrators (CARA), and the Canadian Assoc. of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB)

About the project

View items in cIRcle

Punjabi Oral History Project

This project “is designed to engage students of Punjabi and Punjabi Canadian history at UBC in the collection of oral histories within the Punjabi Canadian community of greater Vancouver”. Oral histories and interviews filmed by both the faculty member and undergraduate students (2 streams) and video files with transcripts.

Project partner

UBC Department of Asian Studies

About the project

View items in cIRcle

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects

At SALA, UBC graduate design projects culminate in the communication of key ideas, theories, design principles, and design process, in addition to resolving [a] specific problem. In the final year of their program, each MArch and MLA student completes a Graduating Project, colloquially referred to as their "design thesis".

SALA logo

Project partners

About the project

View items in cIRcle

SEEDS Sustainability Program Reports

SEEDS (UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) is one of cIRcle's earliest partners and is a growing collection of student work in one of UBC's premier areas of research excellence. Addressing a wide range of social, ecological, and economic sustainability issues, SEEDS graduate and undergraduate projects feature a unique combination of applied research and interdisciplinary partnerships between UBC students, faculty, staff and community partners.  

Project partners

Faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students

Community partners

About the project

View items in cIRcle

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

UBC is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition whereby current graduate students have only three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience”. NOTE: This content is available under a one-year embargo from the date of the 3MT presentation.

Project partner

UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) Office

About 3MT at UBC

View items in cIRcle

Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers)

Funded by numerous sources, including a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the “Transnational Business Governance Interactions TBGI) research project addresses th[e] gap in the scholarship by focusing on the nature of business governance interactions as they develop across time and global space.”

TBGI logo

Project partners

About the project

View items in cIRcle

World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) 2018

"Hosted by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, where Sanskrit has been taught at all levels since 1969", the World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures, and of the history, religion, and cultures of pre-modern South Asia. Delve into the unreviewed conference papers plus the one peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings and read our cIRcle blog post for more details.

WSC 2018 logo

Project partners

UBC Department of Asian Studies

About the conference proceedings

View items in cIRcle


source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:Circle/Projects2