Digital Repositories Foment a Quiet Revolution in Scholarship

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Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

Paul Royster, who coordinates the U. of Nebraska at Lincoln's Digital Commons, offers a complete service for authors. "We do the hunting and gathering and uploading," he says.

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Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

Paul Royster, who coordinates the U. of Nebraska at Lincoln's Digital Commons, offers a complete service for authors. "We do the hunting and gathering and uploading," he says.

At the age of 92, Robert Katz is enjoying an unexpected scholarly renaissance. The emeritus professor of physics retired from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln 22 years ago. Lately, thanks to the university's institutional repository, called the UNL Digital Commons after the software that runs it, people all over the world have been finding and downloading papers Mr. Katz wrote years or decades ago. His work on the biological effects of radiation has found a new and far-flung audience,