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TRUSpace: TRU's open access digital archive

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TRUSpace collects scholarly and creative materials created by the Thompson Rivers University community, as well as important documents related to the university's history, which are made freely available to the public. Current collection efforts will focus on building up several core content areas:

  • Faculty and student scholarship (articles, presentations, multimedia)
  • Honours theses and capstone projects
  • Documentation of TRU-hosted conferences and events (papers, presentations, programs, videos, proceedings)
  • Grey literature (technical reports, research reports, working papers)
  • Digitized library collections

Other types of materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis (see below).

Items are added to TRUSpace with the permission of the author/creator, and when permitted under Copyright law.

Who can contribute to TRUSpace?

TRUSpace includes work created by individuals or groups affiliated with a TRU department, program, research team, working group, collaborative project, or conference, such as:

  • TRU faculty, researchers, and staff
  • TRU faculties, departments, and schools
  • TRU research institutes
  • Undergraduate students with faculty sponsorship

Other University-affiliated entities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Collections and Guidelines

There are many types of items in TRUSpace. The below list covers some of the materials you can expect to find, as well as some things to consider when submitting to TRUSpace.

Faculty Work: Faculty are encouraged to submit their papers, research data, or other types of work to TRUSpace, provided that any publisher (i.e. the journal) allows research to be deposited into an institutional repository, and that any data can be shared OA (i.e. it does not have sensitive data within).

Student Work: Successfully defended graduate and undergraduate theses may be submitted to TRUSpace. Submissions instructions can be found on the Submissions & Licenses page. Other student work, including graduate capstone projects, directed studies papers, or other high quality assignments, can also be submitted with instructor or supervisor approval.

Open Educational Resources: We encourage the submission of open educational resources (OERs) to TRUSpace that have been created or edited by TRU faculty. They can be in TRUSpace even if they are also posted in a different location, and many media types are accepted.  

Event Archiving: Materials (such as video recordings, presentation slides, and/or schedules) from conferences and other events held at TRU can be preserved in TRUSpace. When possible, plan for this in advance of your event to ensure you can obtain the relevant permissions from conference speakers.

TRU historical documents and photographs: TRUSpace has several collections of documents and photos from TRU’s 50 year history, including academic calendars, newsletters, and reports. Decisions about new items of this nature will be made on a case by case basis.

Other Materials: other kinds of materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the TRUSpace administrator about your suggested materials. Criteria that will be considered for other types of materials include:

  • Relevance to TRU: materials about TRU, TRU’s history, or that were created by current or former TRU employees or students will be prioritized.
  • Relevance to community: items in TRUSpace should benefit the TRU community in some way. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Supporting TRU coursework
    • Meeting Open Access and other publishing needs required by faculty
    • Use for promotional or archival needs by TRU departments
    • Supporting a community-based research project
  • Copyright and permissions: copyright should be owned by the individual submitting materials for consideration. Images of identifiable individuals should only be shared if the individuals were aware their photo was being taken and would be shared online.
  • Demand on repository resources: the amount of TRUSpace staff time that will be required to digitize items, create descriptive metadata, and upload items will be considered, as will the size (i.e. digital file size) of the proposed item(s).