The UC Merced Library provides digital access to a number of research and archival collections. These collections comprise digitized content from the Library's Archives and Special Collections, content obtained through collaborative partnerships with outside organizations, as well as research content produced by the UC Merced community.
All of the content that is digitized by the UC Merced Library can be found on Calisphere. This content includes materials found physically in our Archives and Special Collections, and also includes content resulting from collaborations the Library has entered into--such as the Merced County Historical Society, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and the Yosemite National Park Archives.
In addition to the content digitized by the Library, Calisphere provides access to millions of other digitized resources from hundres of other California academic institutions, museums, historical organizations, and other local institutions.
CARA, a project of the UC Merced Library provides access to digitized resources on California agricultural history and research. Working with the University of California Cooperative Extension, which maintains offices in each of California's 58 counties, the CARA project works to archive, preserve, and provide access to UCCE historic records. Working with county offices, the project has uncovered scores of materials on crop research, agricultural production, technology, land use, socioeconomic development, 4-H and youth development, among other subjects.
In addition to preserving and providing access to the records of county offices, the CARA project is working to surface and improve online access to publications and other information sources about California agriculture located in such repositories as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust.
eScholarship is the University of California's open access publishing platform. eScholarship provides a suite of resources to campus departments, research units, and campus-affiliated scholars to easily provide access to papers, conference proceedings, and other research materials.
The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types. It is designed to be a simple data publication tool for researchers to meet funder and publisher mandates.
Each dataset goes through a curation process to check for findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability. Dryad publishes the data under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, and assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to data sets so that researchers can gain professional credit through data citation.