cIRcle content is organized around communities representing UBC departments, labs, research centres, schools or other administrative units. There are currently more than 40,000 items in cIRcle and the number continues to grow as new communities are added.
Items in cIRcle are generally heavily used. Look for the statistical information at the bottom of each record in cIRcle, or visit our FAQ for more information.
How our contributors are using cIRcle:
"TRIUMF was designed and constructed in the late 60s and early 70s, and as such we have a vast collection of print-only design, engineering, administrative, and science reports. What cIRcle does is give our staff ready access to that treasure trove of institutional knowledge, as well as providing an archival platform to secure our written heritage. As we transition away from print materials to digital-primary document access, cIRcle and Digital Initiatives arrived on the scene at a very opportune time for us.
It has been a pleasure working with the cIRcle and Digital Initiatives teams and we look forward to continue working with them to secure our printed legacy."
"I found that placing self-published documents in cIRcle is a very effective way at letting the world know about a publication while also greatly reducing the number of direct requests to me for copies of the publication. As an added benefit, the world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle.
The impact of a publication, even those self-published, can be measured by how many people read it and use it. The download statistics are interesting and one can see where in the world people find your publication useful. I certainly take more pride in a few thousand ‘hits’ in cIRcle than I do in a handful of references to a published journal article.
I still have more to add to cIRcle and recommend that others do too! We should always encourage sharing of knowledge and I am glad UBC has created a mechanism to do this very effectively."
–Dwayne Tannant, Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan Campus
"...the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) program in the Faculty of Forestry underwent an accreditation review this spring ... Examination of typical student “products” by the accreditation review team...form[s] an important component of an accreditation review of a forestry program. ...Through cIRcle, I was able to easily provide an unfettered selection of graduating essays that review team members could conveniently peruse from a distance to ascertain the range of topics and quality included in these essays. I was told by the review team chair that this access was much appreciated and made this component of their review much simpler.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the excellent work you have put into developing and implementing cIRcle."
–Peter Marshall, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Faculty of Forestry
My experience with cIRcle and its staff has been nothing but positive. The enthusiasm for getting student work published and out in the world is truly laudable, and very much coincides with MURC’s goals of furthering student knowledge and presence in the scholarly world. The opportunity offered to students to get their work out where any interested party could view it and learn from it is a great way to get them thinking like scholars and being a part of the educational and research processes. Thank you cIRcle!."
–Joe Young, Project Manager, Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 (MURC)
View the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference items in the UBC Undergraduate Research collection in cIRcle!
"We are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series. The help and support from cIRcle to make this real is highly appreciated."
–Dirk van Zyl, Professor, Department of Mining Engineering
"Th[e] digital repository offered the open access and content preservation that we hoped would capture our shared efforts in a permanent way. Our UBC cIRcle team offered support identifying, collecting and preserving material, guiding us through the more technical aspects, and keeping us engaged throughout. cIRcle is a powerful resource that was indispensable in our efforts to create a legacy from the Games."
–Michelle Aucoin, Director, UBC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat
"cIRcle allows the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology to make our reports and data available to the widest possible community of users. We provide links to cIRcle's permanent and stable repository of documents, graduate theses and dissertations in our own publications and webpages, thereby quickly disseminating valuable information that otherwise would be very difficult to access. The usage statistics that cIRcle generates are an added bonus--it is great to be able to track the number of downloads of our documents over the course of months and years."
–Michael Blake, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
"As an investigator who is taking up an ‘integrated KT’ [knowledge translation] approach to dissemination it is helpful to have some additional ways to refer to work (eg. reports) that are developed for a broader audience than the typical audience for peer reviewed publications. cIRcle does provide opportunities to link scholarly articles with work framed for a broader audience."
"cIRcle is searchable, has good use information, and, above all is reliable, in our world of constantly changing url's. [...] We are impressed [by] the number of downloads recorded in cIRcle, indicating that it has a far wider circulation than we realized."
–R.G. Matson, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Anthropology/Laboratory of Archaeology
"Since having [my project] on cIRcle [...] I feel like it validates my project in some way because now it's publicly available it's associated with UBC and UBC Academics, and definitely makes me feel a lot more confident in its accuracy and its acceptance by an academic audience."