Ithaca, NY Have you ever wondered which institutions have upgraded to the most recent version of DSpace or which repositories have video files stored?
DuraSpace is pleased to announce a new resource, the community DSpace Registry.
The database was conceived of and designed by members of the DSpace Global Outreach Committee (DGOC) to address one of the biggest challenges within the DSpace user community; not just to identify which institutions used DSpace, but also cultivate a resource with some basic information about those repositories to help facilitate connections between users. The work started early last year and included a Community Networking Survey, which gathered data about repositories and seeded the information now available in the database.
Members of the DSpace community will now be able to search the database to discover other institutions which have similar repositories, environments or interests to their own. The hope of DGOC and the DuraSpace organization is that this listing will help foster all types of connections and collaborations in the future.
What is new?
The most popular page on the dspace.org site for the last few years has been the “Who’s Using DSpace?” page. This page was a simple list of DSpace repositories with only the institution name, country and URL link listed. The list was not easily searchable or sortable.
The new DSpace repositories database provides much more information and functionality. And there are now over 800 known repositories included in the database, representing over 80 countries.
Main Table View
The main database view provides you with a sortable table of all known DSpace instances. It includes the institution name, country, type of institution (academic, museum, government, etc), DSpace version/user interface and the URL link. This list can be re-ordered by any of the fields listed — so if you want to get a quick view of who is using 1.6 XML/Manakin it can be done in an instant by clicking on the column header.
Detailed Repository View
To view all the available information about a specific repository (use case, file types stored, type of content stored, addons/extensions, database, operating system, etc), you simply click on the institution name. You will then view all the information available in the database about that particular repository.
On the left hand side there is a number of search filters, including an open text search which you can use to perform a single or multi-faceted search and will produce a listing of those institutions which meet your selected criteria.
How can you add or update your institution’s information?
The information available in the repositories database is limited to what has been provided by the institution either by registering previously on dspace.org, the ROAR listing or by responding to the April 2009 Community Networking Survey. We would love to help foster more connections. Please take the time to register or to update your repository’s information by making use of the registration form for new listings or update form for existing listings. Please note that we expect updates to existing listings may take a few days to show up in the database and we ask for your patience.
Many thanks to the DGOC for their design and review work on this project. Thanks also to Valorie Hollister, Director of Community Development, DSpace Project/DuraSpace for driving the project forward and to Lauren L’Esperance, DSpace.org webmaster who worked out all the technical pieces.
We look forward to hearing your feedback and comments about the new DSpace Registry. Please contact Valorie Hollister at vhollister[at]duraspace.org directly.