What is Indigo?
Benefits of submitting material into Indigo
about Scholarly Communication and Open Access
What is INDIGO?
Indigo (INtellectual property
in DIGital form available online in an Open environment) is the digital
repository for the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Indigo is an online collection
of the research and scholarship of faculty, students, and staff at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. Indigo includes research papers, published
papers, preprints, conference papers, presentations, and posters, video
and sound recording, and other digital material. Persistent, permanent
URLS are provided for the content submitted to Indigo. In addition, the
University Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago has a commitment
to preserving the digital content submitted to Indigo.
of submitting material into Indigo
Dissemination: Because access to Indigo is open, your work will
be disseminated to people in more places which will increase the availability
of your research and UIC's research.
Extend your Impact:
Making your work available in more places to more people will extend the
potential impact of your research
The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) was developed by librarians to share
meta-data which makes it possible to disseminate content into large databases,
increasing accessibility to to information. OIA Harvesters (like http://oaister.org/
and Google Scholar) are indexing your work, increasing the likelihood
others will find it, and thus increasing its availability and potential
Persistent URL: A persistent
URL, using the handless system, is created for each of your items submitted
into Indigo. The URL created for an item will never change. You may link
to your content in Indigo from your personal homepage, or send the links
to your colleagues.
of the library's commitment to preserving your digital content, you and
your colleagues can access submitted material from anywhere in the world
for years to come.
Access to journals is on
the decline: Because of the increased costs of purchasing journals
(online and in print), libraries continue to have to cancel journal subscriptions.
Putting your material in Indigo will allow you an opportunity to continue
to provide others access to your work, iregardless of what journal subscriptions
another researcher may be able to access.
- There are 2 essential
activities related to the copyright of documents submitted to Indigo:
1)The submitter must be
the copyright owner or must have permission from the copyright owner
to deposit the material into Indigo. No material may be deposited
where doing so is prohibited under existing copyright agreements.
2)The submitter must also have the right to grant the UIC library
the non-exclusive right to preserve and disseminate the material through
- In general, the work must
be produced or sponsored by a member of the UIC community.
- The material must be in
an electronic format.
When considering your scholarly
work to submit to Indigo, the following list can be used as a guide for
the types of materials that may be submitted into Indigo (providing you
own the copyright or you have the permission of the copyright owner):
- Journal articles
- Conference presentations,
- Course syllabi, handouts,
- Raw data files
- Video and sound recordings
- Working papers
- College/department alumni
- Committee meeting agenda
- Doctoral dissertations,
masters theses (Note: For UIC awarded degrees, the library is working
on an official process to enter these dissertations and theses.)
All material submitted needs to be in electronic format. Because some
formats are more popular than others, and software for reading content
(such as Adobe for reading PDFs) is routinely being upgraded, some formats
maybe become obsolete in the future. To ensure long term access, use
one of the formats the UIC library has committed to for long term preservation
when submitting your content. A list of formats will be released shortly.
In the meantime, inquire at Indigo@uic.edu
for preferred formats.
Indigo is designed to preserve submissions long-term. In exceptional
cases, the material maybe removed at the request of the submitter and/or
author or for legal reasons.
In general, material submitted in Indigo will be made publicly accessible
in a timely manner. If there are materials for which widespread access
is not appropriate (e.g. administrative documents, restrictions to UIC
only) or that should not be publicly viewable for set time period (dissertation
or publishing embargoes), Indigo can restrict access to a community
or to restrict access to an item for a predetermined period of time.
Contact Indigo@uic.edu to determine
if a restriction request is appropriate.