Cardinal Scholar

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Cardinal Scholar

Vision: The Ball State University Institutional Repository will provide access to scholarly works produced at Ball State University, promote Ball State University's intellectual capital to a worldwide audience, and advance open scholarly communication.

Cardinal Scholar, Ball State University's institutional repository, is an accessible digital archive of scholarly and artistic materials produced by the Ball State University community. The intention of Cardinal Scholar is to promote open scholarly communication, preserve access to scholarly work produced at Ball State University, and promote Ball State University's intellectual capital to a worldwide audience of Web users. The materials are available to users for no charge through Internet search engines as well as the University Libraries' Web site.

Cardinal Scholar includes both published and unpublished articles, lectures and other presentations, reports, papers, and any other material that faculty and students choose to add. Supported formats range from text to video to maps to photographs of artwork. Ball State University faculty, students, and staff members are encouraged to add material to Cardinal Scholar through our easy-to-use interface. Cardinal Scholar is powered by EPrints 3, open-source software developed by the University of Southampton and one of the world's most popular and user friendly software options for institutional repositories.

Contact Information For more information on the contents of this repository, please contact John B. Straw, Digital Projects Coordinator. Report any problems with the repository to

Other Related Wiki Pages

Cardinal Scholar Upgrade Project 2014

Cardinal Scholar Enhancement List - 10/20/14

Cardinal Scholar Update Priorities (April 2008)

SSL Module Implementation

The installation and activation of the SSL certificate is necessary to support secure access control for BSU computer usernames. Use of a certificate was purchased from University Computing Services in December 2007. System admin personnel in LITS are working on implementing the certificate module. A challenge is that EPrints is running on an Apache Server on a Windows 2003 Server.

BSU Computer Username Credentials

Definition: Replace the default user account function in EPrints with an LDAP module that authenticates using Ball State University Computer Usernames.

The use of BSU credentials to manage access to Cardinal Scholar is a desire of the CS (Cardinal Scholar) working group.

Small Group Access

Definition: Small group access to assets in Cardinal Scholar is desired to allow department level or other 'small groups' of specified individuals to access groups of assets in the Cardinal Scholar System.

OAI-PMH Support

  1. REDIRECT Cardinal Scholar - CONTENTdm Metadata Plan