The Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP) makes resources relevant to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) more accessible and easier to discover. We provide access to academic materials such as scholarly articles and theses, as well as community materials such as reports, historical newsletters and more accessible forms of scholarship such as clear research summaries, and more.
The DTES RAP was developed as part of the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi), a University of British Columbia (UBC) partnership between the UBC Learning Exchange and the UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, with input from the UBC Office of Community Engagement, the UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit, UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (iSchool), Simon Fraser University Library, and the Vancouver Public Library. It was built and tested in consultation with DTES community organizations and residents.
The MRAi was founded in 2015 in response to consultations with people living and working in Vancouver’s DTES who voiced a need to access high-quality research and information. These groups expressed concern with research projects that extracted information from people in the neighborhood and produced findings unavailable to residents. Members of community organizations also identified a need to preserve community-generated materials. With these concerns in mind, the DTES RAP was created to serve a broad audience: people and organizations who live and work in the DTES, researchers, students, and the general public.
Review the MRAi’s goals and guiding principles here to learn more.
This portal is a resource for you to learn about research related to the DTES.
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The DTES RAP is continually identifying items relevant to the DTES and making them more accessible. The portal includes, but is not limited to, academic research articles, community publications, reports, research tools and guides, and historical documents. The DTES RAP prioritizes information about recent and ongoing academic research from UBC (2010 – present) and community-generated materials, and is updated on an ongoing basis.
UBC’s open access digital repository – cIRcle – provides the infrastructure and licensing expertise for the DTES RAP. Where possible and appropriate, the DTES RAP team works with creators to add items to cIRcle. Where not possible or appropriate, the DTES RAP provides links to external items. Some of these external items are freely available, while others are in publications that require paid subscriptions to access. If you would like access to one of these “restricted items” you can click the ‘Get help by email’ button on the right-side of the item page and the DTES RAP team will work with you to try to find an accessible copy.