The Open Repository @Binghamton (ORB)

The ORB (https://orb.binghamton.edu/) is Binghamton's institutional repository, creating open access to scholarly and creative works generated by our faculty, students, staff, and affiliates. 

The Libraries' goals for the ORB include:

  • Capture, promote, and showcase Binghamton's research and scholarly output
  • Increase Binghamton University's visibility, status, and public value by making local collections and scholarship more accessible globally
  • Support long-term preservation of and access to local collections and scholarship

Image: The ORB
The ORB
The ORB provides global visibility to works, persistent URLs that will never change (cutting down on dead links), and content on the ORB is indexed by major search engines like Google. Our Readership Map below shows real-time stats of works downloaded throughout the day and overall counts of submissions and downloads.

When works are submitted to the ORB, the authors will have access to an author dashboard, showcasing similar stats to the Readership Map above but focused on your submissions specifically. The dashboard shares the number of visits to the work's URL, how your work was discovered, and location information for users who are downloading your work (including country and institution). Dashboards can be shared with others of your choosing.

Each work also has PlumX metrics attached and visible to anyone who discovers your page. PlumX metrics show how often works are viewed, downloaded, and mentioned on social media platforms. To learn more, check out https://plumanalytics.com/learn/about-metrics/.

The ORB can serve multiple functions for our campus community. Learn more in the sections below to see how the ORB offers value to you and your work.Share Your Work on the ORB

Sharing Your Scholarly Materials

Scholarly materials include published works, data sets, presentation materials, working papers, and other supplementary materials attached to your research. When authors submit their published article, our ORB Administrator will review permissions associated with the publisher before the work is shared publicly. This way, we are sure we have rights to share the version of the work submitted. If additional information is needed. the ORB Administrator will follow up with the author who submits the work. We also have the ability to assign a DOI to works that are not previously assigned one by an outside source.

Examples of Scholarly Materials Added to the ORB

Publications: Submissions to the ORB are organized by department. Authors submit their work to the department their work best fits under through a template on the ORB homepage. Find these works by visiting https://orb.binghamton.edu/communities.html

Data Sets:  Supplementary research materials added by a faculty member in Psychology (https://orb.binghamton.edu/ralph_miller_laboratory/). 

Working Papers: Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE): https://orb.binghamton.edu/working_paper_series/

Open Educational Resources (OERs): A book written and shared by a faculty member: https://orb.binghamton.edu/electrical_fac/3/. The main file is the preface to the book and each chapter is added as an additional file so users have the option to download the full book or just particular chapters of interest.

Presentation Materials: Student GIS posters presented at the campus’ annual GIS Day: https://orb.binghamton.edu/gisday/ and a recording of the virtual Earth Day Panel session: https://orb.binghamton.edu/library_resources/2/.

Electronic Theses, Dissertations (ETDs), and Capstone Projects: Students can archive and share their culminating academic work here: https://orb.binghamton.edu/etds/. To learn more about the submission process for these materials, go to https://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/services/etd-submissions.html.

Sharing Your Creative Works

While the ORB has a vast collection of scholarly research, we also help our campus community share and preserve their creative works. The ORB platform, Digital Commons accepts multiple file types and media, leaving the creativity open to the creator. Check out some of the current collections on the ORB:

Here is a photo exhibit put together by a faculty member in the Human Development department: https://orb.binghamton.edu/guatemalan_forced_migration/. This collection is written in both Spanish and English.

Broadcasting World Literature (https://orb.binghamton.edu/broadcasting_world_literature/) is a student-led radio show broadcasted on our campus radio station, WHRW. The episodes are streamed on the ORB and are also available for download.

A Math professor creates mathematical sculptures and exhibits them on his personal website and the ORB (https://orb.binghamton.edu/mathematical_sculptures/).

Publishing Journals

The ORB can be a space for hosting journals and have their own section on the ORB: https://orb.binghamton.edu/peer_review_list.html. Current editorial support services include design creation for the journal homepage, a submission management system for editors and reviewers, and supplemental support services such as registering ISSN numbers and creating DOIs for articles and supplemental material. If you have interest in creating a journal, contact our Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications, Beth Brown.

Creating a Scholarly Profile in Our Expert Gallery

Looking for a place to showcase your expertise and find other faculty and staff with similar research interests on campus? Our Expert Gallery Suite complements the ORB, with a built-in API to migrate your works on the ORB to your Expert Gallery profile. It also offers space to share older works, curriculum vitaes, biographies, areas of expertise, and research interests. The Expert Gallery is way for prospective graduate students to match research interests to faculty when applying and for faculty and researchers to find others across departments with shared research interests to work on grants, projects, and other research endeavors. Explore our current expert profiles by visiting https://works.bepress.com/experts/binghamton-university-suny/.

Ready to Share your Work on the ORB?

Contact our ORB Administrator, Amy Gay, or follow the link below.

Share Your WOrk on the orb