Digital Collections and WesScholar Glossary

Data Repository

The data repository is an online platform to share locally-created datasets of value to our researchers as well as outside scholars. Our current platform for these collections is figshare. You can access it at

Digital Collections

Digital Collections is an online platform to permanently preserve and share textual, visual, and audiovisual materials of institutional and historical value to the University, including undergraduate honors and graduate theses and dissertations, digitized material from Special Collections & Archives, and Wesleyan scholarly and creative outputs except for large data sets. Our current platform for these collections is Islandora. You can access it at

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string (that acts as a URL and is) assigned to your research data, scholarly or creative output by Wesleyan Library staff. Working with a registry, Wesleyan Library ensures that access to your content remains stable via the DOI regardless of whether the content is moved to a new platform. Wesleyan Library only manages this registry for objects stored on library maintained platforms.

Research Data

A dataset is typically a file or collection of files and its corresponding metadata. This metadata may include preservation and presentation information, as well as annotations and ancillary content that is associated with the data. Our Institutional Repository is limited in scope to data that are, or are associated with, the "raw" inputs to or outputs from research.

Scholarly and Creative Outputs

Scholarly and creative outputs should be broadly understood to mean the published or otherwise publicly presented outputs, including presentations, reports, pre-prints, accepted author manuscripts, grey literature, theses, and dissertations created by individuals or units within Wesleyan University in the course of their scholarly or professional work that represents the intellectual life and academic endeavors of the university and have enduring value.


WesScholar is a suite of services and platforms that enables Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff to store and share their research data and other scholarly and creative outputs in digital format. WesScholar is provided and supported by the University Library in partnership with Information Technology Services.