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May 2nd 2017


DigitalHub grows with each new submission    


by Karen Gutzman and Ramune Kubilius

For many researchers, creating and managing a cohesive online presence is a time-consuming task. DigitalHub, Northwestern Medicine’s openly available online repository of scholarly outputs, strives to make it easier and faster for you to upload and share your various outputs online. Uploading your items to DigitalHub helps to increase your digital footprint and get your research into the most influential spaces. 


Many researchers have taken advantage of DigitalHub in the past year. See two of our most high profile users below. 


Leah Welty, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics) used DigitalHub to share a description of her StatTag software. The description is accompanied by a link to the software in GitHub. In less than a year, she has received over 330 views and 41 downloads of her software description. DigitalHub has made connecting researchers to her work far easier.


Science in Society, Northwestern’s research center for science education and community engagement created a collection in DigitalHub of award winning scientific images. In less than a year, the 12 images from 2015 have received over 338 views and 32 downloads. DigitalHub connected new users with these stunning images.


We are often asked how quickly items in DigitalHub accumulate views and downloads. The answer is quickly; which should come as no surprise since DigitalHub is crawled by Google. Our enhanced metadata ensures that your uploads are found in relevant Google searches by users around the world.


An example of quick uptake from using DigitalHub – consider this image of Clinical and Translational Science term clusters by Kristi Holmes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medical Education and Director of Galter Health Sciences Library. The image was uploaded in early April 2017, and in less than two days the image received 29 views and 2 downloads.


DigitalHub is one of the strongest assets for managing open access, and increasing dissemination of your scholarly outputs. It is easy and fast to take advantage of DigitalHub for your benefit. Sign into DigitalHub with your NetID and password, and begin uploading files. Remember to consider copyright restrictions for published works. If you have any questions, consider contacting your Liaison Librarian.


Do you have questions or do you need help getting started with DigitalHub? Contact us at any time.



October 5th 2016


Happy First Birthday to DigitalHub


A year ago, during 2015 Open Access Week, Galter Health Sciences Library debuted Northwestern Medicine's institutional repository, DigitalHub. DigitalHub provides a portal for making the scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine faculty and scientists publicly available, and also provides a means to track views and downloads. The repository can accommodate all of your scholarly products, such as published or unpublished research papers, conference presentations, educational materials, case reports and technical reports, open access books, datasets, and more.


DigitalHub offers users several key benefits, including:  a persistent, citable identifier (DOI), metrics for deposited items, management of licensing with a wide range of rights statements, and enhanced discoverability with machine-readable metadata. 


Do you have questions or do you need help getting started with DigitalHub? Contact us at any time.


August 5th 2016


DigitalHub Now Supports Datasets


Great news! The DigitalHub repository at Galter Health Sciences Library now supports the deposit of datasets associated with publications to help investigators comply with journal data sharing policies. DigitalHub supports a variety of file and compression formats to meet your needs. 


The current file size limit is 2 GB and supported compression file extensions include:


  • zip - application/zip
  • 7z - application/x-7z-compressed
  • bz2 - application/x-bzip2
  • tar - application/x-tar and application/x-gtar
  • gz - application/gzip and application/x-gzip


A number of benefits are afforded to investigators who use DigitalHub:


  • A persistent, citable identifier (DOI) is assigned to all items deposited in DigitalHub
  • Access metrics (views downloads, etc.) are available for deposited items
  • Manage licensing with a wide range of rights statements 
  • Machine-readable metadata (descriptive “data about data”) enhances its discoverability 


Please feel free to contact DigitalHub support directly at if you have any questions or need assistance with depositing larger files.





February 5th 2016


The DigitalHub team at Galter Health Sciences Library has exciting news for the Northwestern Medicine community. We have partnered with the California Digital Library to assign persistent unique identifiers - Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) - to all of the scholarly works deposited into DigitalHub. This ensures reliable data management, data sharing, and citation tracking. A "persistent identifier" will not change if the item is moved or renamed, and so provides for consistent referencing of scholarly works for future access by humans and software.


Persistent identifiers like DOIs and ARKs can help:


  •     Meet funders’ sharing requirements
  •     Promote scientific re-use of your work
  •     Track re-use and discussion of your work
  •     Ensure transparency and accountability


How do you get DOIs and ARKs for your scholarly works? Deposit your work in DigitalHub at and these important identifiers will be automatically assigned.


Do you have questions or do you need help getting started with DigitalHub? Contact us at any time.






Galter Health Sciences Library Develops Digital Repository for Scholarly Outputs


Do you have research that you'd like to easily share with others or maybe even make publicly available? Would you like to track views and downloads of your research? The Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is preparing to launch a digital repository. This institutional repository will provide open access to scholarly outputs of Northwestern Medicine faculty and scientists. The official repository debut will take place during Open Access Week, October 19 to 23, 2015 and the Galter Library’s DigitalHub team will continue testing and enhancing the repository through the fall of 2015.


More about the repository

The goal of the repository is to help the scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine researchers to become more discoverable by the worldwide scholarly community on the Web. The Galter Health Sciences Library will also use the repository to increase awareness of open access content, promote scholarship and the expertise of scientists at Northwestern Medicine, and support community engagement with non-traditional scholarly output. The open-source architecture that supports the repository is based on the Fedora/Hydra stack repository solution, used by institutions worldwide.


For more information, please contact the Galter Health Sciences Library DigitalHub team at: