DRUM - Digital Repository at the University of Maryland

DRUM collects, preserves, and provides public access to the scholarly output of the university. Faculty and researchers can upload research products for rapid dissemination, global visibility and impact, and long-term preservation.

 
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Equitable Access Policy

Equitable Access Policy

The University of Maryland Equitable Access Policy provides equitable, open access to the University's research and scholarship. Faculty can learn more about what is covered by the policy and how to deposit on the policy website.
Theses and Dissertations

Theses and Dissertations

DRUM includes all UMD theses and dissertations from 2003 forward.

Recent Submissions

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Data Visualization: A New Way to See Historical Records in the AFL-CIO Archive
(2024-06-06) Eidson, Jennifer Gathings; Fettig, Rosemarie
In the outreach phase of the Advancing Workers’ Rights grant, a three-year project that digitized over 90,000 pages of records from the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department, creating social media and blog posts about the newly-available materials resulted in a quest for different ways to represent the materials in a unique, interesting, and user-friendly way. This search led us to explore data visualizations, for which a broad spectrum of graphical representations of information and data is possible. Two archivists discuss how a collaboration between student assistants and SCUA staff resulted in the creation of a series of data visualizations - maps, word clouds, and timeline graphs - that transformed the metadata from the digitized materials into unique and useful graphics. The graphics provide a new point of entry into the collection by using freely available tools like DataWrapper and Voyant, and the existing capabilities of Excel. The dataset originally exported from ArchivesSpace for use in Archelon was used for this outreach project and provides an example of how existing datasets can be reused to analyze collection materials in new ways. After applying these methods and tools to the materials selected for digitization, about 30% of the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records, we will share additional visualizations that comprise the complete records of the collection for further comparison and analysis of this approach.
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Repairing Archival Description: AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records
(2024-04-04) Eidson, Jennifer Gathings
This presentation was shared at the Fighting for Freedom: Labor and Civil Rights in the American South symposium on April 4, 2024. Increasing access to the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department records involved many people and milestones over the course of three years. Through a digitization grant partnership between the University of Maryland and Georgia State University, over 100,000 pages were made accessible beyond the reading room. This grant project consisted of selection and preparation for digitization, rights research, creation of digital repository metadata for aggregate harvesting, landing page development, and outreach. In addition, archival description was reviewed and edited as a social justice initiative as part of this grant work. This is otherwise known as “reparative description” - the remediation of language that excludes, silences, harms, or mischaracterizes marginalized people in the finding aid created by archivists to describe archival resources. This session will focus on reparative description by sharing an overview of the process and share examples of edits made in the collection finding aid and view selected digitized documents
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Including Campus Forest Carbon Estimates Into Climate Mitigation Planning -- Year 2
(2022-05-01) Albee, Maddy; Hoffman Delett, Camille; Panday, Frances Marie; Patterson, Amelia; James, Jarrett; Hurtt, George C.; Lamb, Rachel
Summary of project led by student researchers in the UMD Department of Geographical Sciences to integrate high-resolution forest carbon estimates into the University of Maryland's Climate Action Plan and GHG Inventory. Covers year 2 progress of a three-year project funded by the UMD Sustainability Fund.
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Including Campus Forest Carbon Estimates Into Climate Mitigation Planning -- Year 3
(2023-05-01) Howerton, Michael; James, Jarrett; Kopp, Katelyn; Panday, Frances Marie; Hurtt, George C.; Lamb, Rachel
Summary of project led by student researchers in the UMD Department of Geographical Sciences to integrate high-resolution forest carbon estimates into the University of Maryland's Climate Action Plan and GHG Inventory. Covers year 3 progress of a three-year project funded by the UMD Sustainability Fund.
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Vegetal agency: the sap controversy in early eighteenth-century France treatises on plants and gardening
(Royal Society, 2024-01) Benharrech, Sarah
This article examines how the apologetics of the abbé Noël-Antoine Pluche (1688–1761) impacted his presentation of botanical knowledge in the ten dialogues published in the first and second volumes of his natural history book Le Spectacle de la nature (1732–1750). Pluche popularized a conception of the physical world where plants are reducible to inert mechanisms, devoid of life and agency. First, I examine the various intertwinements of science and theology in his depiction of plant anatomy, by investigating his use of mechanical analogies, his adoption of the sap circulation hypothesis, and his application of the pre-existence theory to account for both generation and vegetative multiplication. I then compare Pluche's understanding of plant growth with those offered by contemporaneous gardening treatises, demonstrating that part of Pluche's project included opposing the materialist and animist undertones found in these gardening treatises that emphasized vegetal life, self-organization, and sap agency.