Discover Emily Carr University’s Digital Treasures

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Search Emily Carr University’s Institutional Repository to find scholarly research materials and other digital assets from our archives and the Wosk Master Print Collection. Go to to learn more.

What will I find in the Emily Carr University digital repository?

Arca is where the ECU Library stores objects from digitization projects, such as archival photographs and academic calendars. It is also hosting the digitized images from the Wosk Master Print Collection, as well as theses papers from graduate students, and documentation from past graduation exhibitions. 

How do I get my work into Arca?

Emily Carr University Library is currently accepting submissions from faculty and graduate studies students. Please contact Hillary Webb if you are interested in having your work made available through the repository. 

Is all the content in Arca visible to the public?

Arca is mainly intended to be an open access repository. Emily Carr University’s collection is all open access. 

About Arca

Arca is a collaborative project of British Columbia post-secondary institutions to provide anytime, anywhere access to research created at BC post-secondary institutions.  Arca is a province-wide network of digital 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.

Arca is powered by 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 the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) and Charlottetown, PEI-based software firm discoverygarden, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education.

In Phase 1, the Pilot Implementation stage of the Project Implementation Plan, seven early adopters worked with BC ELN to implement and test the repositories in beta. Upon completion of a successful beta launch in October 2015, a call-out for additional participants took place.  Three additional sites joined Arca in January 2016.

Phase 2 of the project will see the development of a cross-repository search layer, enabling users to search across not only Arca repositories but those at other BC post-secondary institutions with existing repositories e.g. UBC’s cIRcleSFU’s SummitUniversity of Victoria’s UVicSpace,KPU’s KORAVancouver Island University’s VIUSpace, etc..

Arca participating sites are:

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