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Open PRAIRIE surpasses 1 million downloads

SDSU's Open Prairie surpassed 1 million downloads

South Dakota State University’s Open PRAIRIE surpassed the 1 millionth download Wednesday. More than 500,000 of those have come in the past 12 months.

Open PRAIRIE (Public Research Access Institutional Repository and Information Exchange) is an open-access, online repository that started in 2015. The repository is maintained by the Hilton M. Briggs Library with the goal of collecting, preserving and disseminating the intellectual and creative output of SDSU faculty, staff and students while supporting the ongoing mission of South Dakota State as a land-grant university. Open PRAIRIE was the first of its kind in South Dakota.

As of Thursday, the article, “Effects of Student Athletics on Academic Performance," by Nicole Grimit had more than 97,000 downloads. It appeared in The Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 12, Article 5.

“Open PRAIRIE provides a visual representation of and a connection to the scope and breadth of the research and creative activity of SDSU’s faculty, staff and students,” said Kristi Tornquist, who is SDSU’s chief university librarian. “It is exciting to see how scholarship developed out of the passion of our researchers is touching the world. Particularly during these times of social isolation, online and open access to SDSU scholarship is important to people in South Dakota and also around the globe. While there were many people involved with envisioning this project, the ultimate success of Open PRAIRIE wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of SDSU faculty, staff and students and the oversight of Michael Biondo, the project coordinator.”

Michael Biondo said Open PRAIRIE hosts nearly 20,000 items ranging from published journals and articles, research datasets and image galleries of artwork or campus images from nearly every department and campus unit.