Ithaca, NY Determining how many resources will be managed in an institutional repository is a key point in determining how to set it up and which technologies to use. A discussion on the DSpace users list provided information about DSpace repositories with large numbers of items. The discussion began with the simple question, "Anyone know what is the largest repository of DSpace and how many items it has?"
Bram Luyten, atmire replied with the following top 10 repositories (in terms of numbers of items):
Another community member suggested referring to OpenDOAR (a directory of open access repositories) updated on Aug. 10, 2011: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?p=1&ctrl=old&step=All&rID=&cID=&ctID=&rtID=&clID=&lID=&rSoftWareName=DSpace&format=table&search=&sort=r.rNumOfItems%20DESC,r.rName
The OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons project reported, "524,360 records (were) loaded in DSpace: http://drc2.libraries.uc.edu, in 10 collections all within a single Community of birth and death records from the City of Cincinnati Ohio (U.S.) from 1865-1912.
This content has not yet been federated or harvested into drc.ohiolink.edu, or reported to our handle server. I would be glad to answer questions or to pass on questions as appropriate. The technology is DSpace 1.7, Manakin and Oracle."