September 30, 2015

Contact: Michele Wyngard

Cal Poly Scholarly Works Downloaded More Than 10 Million Times Worldwide

SAN LUIS OBISPO — DigitalCommons@CalPoly, an open access archive launched in 2008, has reached a major milestone with 10 million downloads of Cal Poly faculty and students’ scholarly work.

DigitalCommons@CalPoly provides open access to faculty and student research, scholarship, creative works and historically important documents created by administrative offices, departments and programs at Cal Poly.

Alumnae Nicola Leyshon’s recently uploaded thesis, “Temporal Changes to Fire Risk in Disparate Wildland Urban Interface Communities,” was the 10 millionth download on Sept. 21. Leyshon earned a master’s degree in forestry sciences from Cal Poly in 2015. Her thesis can be viewed online at

“Having my graduate thesis up on DigitalCommons@CalPoly has been a great way for me to share my graduate work with colleagues, friends and family,” Leyshon said. “I hope that the model I developed in my thesis can be used by others to measure fire risk in the wildland urban interface and as a base for further research.”

Dean of Library Services Anna Gold said DigitalCommons@CalPoly increases the visibility and impact of Cal Poly scholarship around the world. 

"Faculty and students who share their work via open access are making their work more discoverable and accessible,” Gold said, ”contributing both to our academic and global communities.” 

Visitors from more than 160 countries and territories have accessed more than 31,000 items of faculty and student scholarship and campus publications from the site.

Cal Poly’s digital archive is one of hundreds of open access archives managed by libraries and other research institutions around the world, and it supports new mandates to share the results of research funded by major federal research funding agencies.



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