What is the Flinders Academic Commons?
The School of Humanities, working in close co-operation with the Library, implemented the Flinders Academic Commons in 2006. The FAC is a DSpace digital repository for disseminating and preserving scholarly works. The articles contained in this archive have been authored or produced by Flinders University faculty and staff, or by the University's sponsors and affiliates. The archive provides a central location for depositing research and other scholarly work, including working papers, pedagogically-oriented studies, and published papers for which authors have retained copyright or have acquired permission to post on the internet.
The Flinders Academic Commons provides enduring access to this research and makes the content easily discoverable to anyone with internet access.
All archived items have been meticulously described with relevant metadata. DSpace metadata is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). This ensures that the repository will work with national and international repository harvesters, and that the items contained in the FAC will be fully searchable through major search engines like Google.
No more broken links
Traditionally, individuals and organisations have relied on URL hyperlinks and personal web pages to provide access to their digitised content on the internet. However, over time, more and more of these links are broken, rendering this content irretrievable. DSpace uses a different system. Each item in the FAC is assigned a 'handle', a type of persistent identifier, which will ensure that the digital work it represents will be perpetually sustained. These handles enable visitors to the FAC to locate, access, and otherwise make use of the resources it contains.
Concerned about copyright infringement?
Visit the Questions of Copyright page for some answers to your copyright questions.
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