About Arca

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Arca is a collaborative project of British Columbia post-secondary institutions to provide anytime, anywhere access to research created at BC post-secondary institutions.  Arca is a province-wide network of digital repositories that:

  • provides access to faculty and student research output across multiple post-secondary institutions via a cross-repository search layer;
  • supports the management of institutional digital assets;
  • showcases BC as a hub for knowledge creation across Canada and around the world.

Arca is powered by Islandora, a Canadian-developed open-source platform currently in use at over 100 public and private institutions worldwide. This shared platform provides post-secondary institutions with open-access repositories for research, theses, and any other digital assets they wish to make available to the wider community.

Arca is made possible by a partnership between the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) and Charlottetown, PEI-based software firm discoverygarden, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Arca project is currently in the Phase 1 Pilot Implementation stage of the Project Implementation Plan. Seven early adopters are working with BC ELN to implement and test the repositories in beta. Upon completion of a successful beta launch, a call-out for additional participants will take place.  For information about participating in Arca, contact Anita Cocchia, BC ELN Executive Director.

Phase 2 of the project will see the development of a cross-repository search layer, enabling users to search across not only Arca repositories but those at other BC post-secondary institutions with existing repositories e.g. UBC's cIRcle, SFU's Summit, University of Victoria's UVicSpace, KPU's KORA, Vancouver Island University's VIUSpace, etc..

Arca Phase 1 early adopter sites are: