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Arca logoArca is a collaborative initiative supporting the development and implementation of digital repositories at BC post-secondary institutions. Foundational to the creation of the proposed Provincial Digital Library, Arca is a province-wide network of institutional repositories that:

  • provides access to faculty and student research output across multiple post-secondary institutions via a cross-repository search layer
  • supports the management of institutional digital assets
  • showcases BC as a hub for knowledge creation across Canada and around the world

Essential Partners

Arca is built on Islandora, a Canadian-developed open-source platform currently in use at over 100 public and private institutions worldwide. This shared platform provides post-secondary institutions with open-access repositories for research, theses, and any other digital assets they wish to make available to the wider community.

Arca is made possible by a partnership between BC ELN and Charlottetown, PEI-based software firm discoverygarden, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education.

For additional information, please see our archived website.


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University of the Fraser Valley logo
University of Northern British Columbia logo
Thompson Rivers University logo
Selkirk College logo
Kwantlen Polytechnic University logo
Emily Carr University of Art + Design logo
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