Aligning Social Media Indicators with the Documents in an Open Access Repository


  • Luis Meneses Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria
  • Alyssa Arbuckle Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria
  • Hector Lopez Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria
  • Belaid Moa University of Victoria
  • Richard Furuta Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, Texas A&M University
  • Ray Siemens Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria



social media, open access repositories, digital collections, user engagement


In this paper we describe our current efforts towards building a framework that extends the functionality of an Open Access Repository by implementing processes to incorporate the ongoing trends in social media into the context of a digital collection. We refer to these processes collectively as the Social Media Engine. The purpose of our framework is twofold: first, we propose to challenge some of the preconceived notions of digital libraries by making repositories more dynamic; and second, by challenging this notion we want to promote public engagement and open scholarship. As a work in progress, we believe that a real challenge lies in investigating the implications that these two points introduce within the context of the humanities.


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How to Cite

Meneses, Luis, Alyssa Arbuckle, Hector Lopez, Belaid Moa, Richard Furuta, and Ray Siemens. 2019. “Aligning Social Media Indicators With the Documents in an Open Access Repository”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 3 (1):19.

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