PDXScholar, the university’s repository for faculty and student scholarship, saw tremendous growth in 2014, with more than 342,000 downloads. A new report from the Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit details the fourth year of operation for PDXScholar, highlighting growth, milestones, and accomplishments of 2014 and goals for 2015.
Student and faculty work continued to garner considerable attention. The most downloaded item was Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy, published by Ooligan Press in 2010. The book, authored by Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning Associate Professor Charles Heying, with chapters contributed by students and others, was downloaded 5,741 times in 2014 alone.
Next on the top-downloads list? Social Control Theory and Delinquency, a dissertation written in 1978 by Michael Wiatrowski for his PhD in Urban Studies.
The top-downloaded items from 2014 represent the diversity of participants and disciplines in the Library’s repository and publishing program, with contributions from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.
Here’s the complete list of the top 20 downloads in 2014:
- Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy (5,741 downloads)
- Social Control Theory and Delinquency (3,891 downloads)
- At the End of the Peninsula (3,725 downloads)
- Open Innovation and Strategy (3,394 downloads)
- Understanding the Emission from Semiconductor Nanoparticles (3,357 downloads)
- Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity (3,338 downloads)
- Pharo by Example (3,328 downloads)
- Apatite Crystal Populations of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo Eruption, Philippines: Implications for the Generation of High Sulfur Apatite in Silicic Melts (3,069 downloads)
- Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics: A Case Study of Music Censorship and Suppression in America (2,929 downloads)
- The Representation of Women in Comic Books, Post WWII Through the Radical 60’s (2,707 downloads)
- The Value of New Jersey’s Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital (2,666 downloads)
- Addressing Automated Adversaries of Network Applications (1,824 downloads)
- Dark Current Measurements in a CMOS Imager (1,757 downloads)
- On the Origins of Negative Attitudes Towards People With Disabilities (1,545 downloads)
- Joint Angle Tracking with Inertial Sensors (1,480 downloads)
- The Frequency and Use of Lexical Bundles in Conversation and Academic Prose (1,470 downloads)
- Women of the Scientific Revolution: The Forgotten Scholars (1,359 downloads)
- Rural Revolution: Documenting the Lesbian Land Communities of Southern Oregon (1,350 downloads)
- Beyond GDP: The Need for New Measures of Progress (1,346 downloads)
- Measurement and Modeling of Passive Surface Mount Devices on FR4 Substrates (1,317 downloads)
The Digital Initiatives Unit added 2,766 new items to PDXScholar in 2014, and the average download per item was 72. PDXScholar has grown to include over 6,700 items, including faculty scholarship, student publications, archival photos, and campus events.
PDXScholar documents, preserves, and promotes the academic achievements and scholarly work produced at Portland State University.
See the report: PDXScholar Annual Report (2014)