January 24, 2022

New CORE Repository From Modern Language Association and Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Now Live

From a Joint MLA/CDRS Announcement:

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.

In 2014 CDRS and the MLA were awarded a $60,000 start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop CORE, designed to link MLA Commons with a preservation repository, modeled on Columbia University’s digital research repository Academic Commons, similarly running on Fedora Commons, Hydra, and Apache Solr.

The MLA and CDRS have worked collaboratively to understand how the disciplinary needs of the MLA Commons community might be supported by existing institutional repository technologies and to develop the underlying repository infrastructure accordingly. The team has also worked to investigate the requirements of the Commons front end and to design and implement an interface between the social network and the repository.

[Our emphasis] By assigning DOIs to works deposited with the repository, CORE provides MLA members with a way to assert their authorship of less traditional forms of scholarly communication such as syllabuses. CORE also allows for the expedient sharing of all forms of research in an open access environment, maximizing discoverability—a huge issue, particularly for junior scholars and graduate students—and facilitating collaboration among scholars. Users can share, collaborate, and preserve their scholarly work within a single system.

Read the Complete Announcement or via MLA

Direct to CORE

Direct to CORE FAQ

From the FAQ:

What kinds of items can I deposit with CORE?
The following item types can be deposited with CORE: abstract, article, bibliography, book, book chapter, catalog, chart, code or software, conference publication, course material or learning objects, data set, documentary, dissertation, essay, fictional work, finding aid, image, interview, map, music, performance, photograph, presentation, report, review, syllabus, technical report, thesis, visual art.

What file types does CORE accept?
CORE accepts the following file types:

  • Audio: .mp3, .ogg, .wav
  • Data: .csv, .ods, .sxc, .tsv, .xls, .xlsx
  • Image: .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .psd, .tiff
  • Mixed material or software: .gz, .rar, .tar, .zip
  • Text: .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .rdf, .rtf, .sxi, .sxw, .txt, .wpd, .xml
  • Video: .f4v, .flv, .mov, .mp4

Is there a maximum file size?
The maximum file size for a single item is 100MB.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.