ScholarSphere repository promotes research sharing and discovery

ScholarSphere, a service designed to collect, preserve and share digital research content across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and media types, is now available to the University community. The service, created at Penn State, will promote research collaboration and discovery while preserving the University’s immense and growing archive of digital research information.

“ScholarSphere is designed to give a long-term voice to vast volumes of research data and scholarship. Even a century from now, researchers will be able to access this archive,” said Barbara Dewey, dean of Penn State University Libraries. “This platform will build a community for the creation, sharing, discovery and preservation of scholarly content. It’s exciting to see a University-wide effort to make this vision a reality.”

The service enables University faculty, students and staff to deposit and actively manage their scholarly works, and share them with the University community and the world.

“ScholarSphere is a powerful example of how information technology supports the transformation of the ways in which we learn and discover at Penn State,” said Kevin Morooney, vice provost for information technology. “The repository will serve as an important resource for supporting the University’s commitment to exceptional academics and inspired research.”

The service ensures safe, long-term storage for content; enables data to be linked to journal publications; creates a citable, durable record of an individual’s scholarship; and tracks versions of deposited content. It also provides flexible access controls, enabling researchers to share their content widely or restrict access to certain users.

Nan Butkovich, associate librarian and head of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library, said the service creates a new sounding board for scholarly research.

“ScholarSphere gives our faculty and students a completely new venue for getting their research out there for peers, grant-funding agencies, future employers and graduate school admissions officers to review,” Butkovich said. “In certain circumstances, having that secure, public place for their data may be the determining factor in deciding whether a researcher receives grant funding or not. It also could lead to countless cross-disciplinary research efforts that otherwise might not have happened. ScholarSphere’s potential to promote discovery and learning is immense."

Any Penn State student, faculty, or staff member with a Penn State access account may deposit and manage their content using this service. Information sessions and demonstrations will proceed throughout the fall semester. To get started with ScholarSphere visit For more information, email

Last Updated October 01, 2012