UPC's institutional repository collects, manages, disseminates and preserves the teaching and research output of the members of the university community in open access: journal articles, research reports, conference papers, final theses, bachelor's theses, doctoral theses, teaching materials and other academic documents.

The objectives of UPCommons are

  • To increase the visibility of the teaching and research output of the University's authors.
  • To add value to the teaching and research output through standardized citations, query statistics, permanent addresses and preservation mechanisms.

UPCommons is managed by the Libraries, Publications and Archives Service. It uses mainly DSpace, an open source program developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Hewlett Packard (HP).

UPCommons is integrated with the various information systems of the UPC, including Prisma (an information system for managing enrolment and curricula at the UPC), DRAC (Descriptor of the UPC's Research and Academic activity) and TDX (a cooperative repository of doctoral theses of the Catalan universities).

UPCommons guarantees perpetual access and preservation of its content through storage on secure servers of the University. It also meets the technical requirements to ensure interoperability with other information systems.

UPCommons uses the interoperability protocol Open Archives Initiative (OAI-PMH) to increase the visibility of the documents deposited. This protocol allows other applications to collect metadata items to make other products improving their visibility and impact.

The metadata records stored in Upcommons are served under a CC0 Creative Commons CC0 Universal , which authorizes to share (copy and redistribute in any format) and to adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material or any purpose, even commercially) as long as the authorship is acknowledged.

This license refers exclusively to the metadata associated with documents deposited and never replaces or alters licenses and permissions of each one of them.