The Cochineal was created to assist
exploration by current and future students in the field of preservation
and conservation so that their contributions to the literature will be
unique and useful. In May, 2007 the static web pages of the repository
were transitioned into a fully-searchable
database. The selected papers reflect research completed by
and preservation administration students during their course of study
in the School of Information at the University of Texas.
In its current form, there are several components to The Cochineal.
The first is a repository for research conducted by conservation and
preservation students. The repository does not have an editorial review
process; it is expected that authors will represent themselves and the
repository well by proofreading their own work. Papers will be
available online in two formats: as a cross-platform PDF and as html
files on the The Cochineal website.
The second component is an annual electronic newsletter. The goal of
the newsletter is to inform current conservation and preservation
students and alumni, the School of Information, and members of the
Preservation and Conservation communities of the best and most timely
student research, projects, and news. Each year, works from the
repository will be selected for publication in the newsletter. In
addition to this research, the newsletter will highlight student
projects and alumni news.
It is hoped that these resources and others contained in The
Cochineal will strengthen ties between current students and
Permissions and Copyright
are required to download a
release form from the website. This form must be signed and
submitted to the editors, and will be kept on file in the Kilgarlin
The editors may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries
to the Kilgarlin Center Office may be made by contacting Ann Seago
directly at email@example.com.
The release confirms that the paper was written by the author,
acknowledges appropriate citations and copyrights, and gives to the
Cochineal publication rights for educational and advertisement purposes
related to the website, yet does not otherwise interfere with the
author's future use of the research.
This site is in compliance with requirements as described by the University of
Texas Intellectual Property Office.
The Cochineal, established in 2004 by
conservator students Holly Robertson and Beth Heller, originally sought
to utilize open-source software, such as Open Journal Systems, designed
specifically for academic repositories. This software is still being
evaluated for its applicability to The Cochineal. For further
information about OJS, please visit this website:
In addition, we have
begun to archive the student papers from The Cochineal
repository in the School of
Information Institutional Repository, currently supported by
gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Shane Williams, System
Administrator; Quinn Stewart, Information Analyst; Ellen
Cunningham-Kruppa, Kilgarlin Center Director; and Patricia Galloway,
Assistant Professor, all of the School of Information. Also, Alicia
Mallory, Records Manager, Teachers State Retirement Fund for sound
advice. Many thanks to Jennifer Borderud, Carie McGinnis, and Edward
Sevcik for setting up The Cochineal sub-community on D-Space.
Kilgarlin Center students
are guided by talented, motivated, and dedicated faculty, including:
Dr. David B. Gracy II
Governor Bill Daniel Professor in Archival Enterprise at the School of
Director of the Kilgarlin Center
Lecturer, Preservation Administration
Lecturer, Book Conservation
Senior Lecturer, Conservation of Records Materials
Adjunct Lecturer, Audio Preservation