What's the Right Repository for Me

Repository Basic Use Case Key Requirements Examples
Use DSpace when ... You want an out-of-the-box, open source solution for archiving university documents that is an easy-to-implement application for supporting your open access mandates.
  • Open source
  • "Communities" and "collections" structure
  • Built-in user interface
  • OAI compliant
  • Support for linked and open data
  • Large, global, installed user base
  • User community support
  • Service provider support
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Use Fedora when ... You need a flexible, extensible, scalable repository for complex modeling of data and objects that may be re-used in a wide variety of instances.
  • Open source
  • Unlimited, extensible structure
  • Extensible Hydra or Islandora user interface
  • OAI compliant
  • Native support for linked and open data
  • Installed user base of major, global research institutions
  • User community support
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Use DSpaceDirect when... You would like a low-cost, efficient, hosted and secure repository for large or small amounts of institutional data or one-off collections that do not require specialized technical infrastructure or expertise.
  • Open source
  • "Communities" and "collections" structure
  • Built-in user interface
  • OAI compliant
  • Large, global, installed user base
  • User community support
  • Excellent customer support
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Repository Used Example Sites
DSpace DSpace @ MIT 
DSpace @ MIT is a growing collection of MIT’s research that includes peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, working papers, theses and more. End-user downloads of the 70,000+ items regularly exceed one million per month.
OKR Open Knowledge Repository 
The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. The OKR is built on DSpace and is interoperable with other repositories. It supports optimal discoverability and re- usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards. All OKR metadata is exposed through the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) protocol.
Texas Water Digital Library 
The Texas Water Digital Library is a centralized, online location for the research and works of university and other water resource entities in Texas, effectively federating water research currently housed at many universities across Texas.
Fedora US National Library of Medicine (US) 
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Digital Collections has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. Digital Collections uses Fedora as the underlying framework that supports a suite of open-source and NLM-developed applications. The Blacklight open-source front-end to the Solr search server provides cross repository search and browse. NLM developed the Video Player which uses Flash and custom ActionScript to provide a timeline display where searched terms occur within the video.
Columbia University Academic Commons  Academic Commons is Columbia University's digital research repository where faculty, students, and staff, and alumni deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Academic Commons is a Fedora repository with a customized interface built on Blacklight, an open-source Ruby on Rails application designed to offer a next-generation user experience, including faceted searching. Repository content is indexed with Apache Solr, an open-source search platform.
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Library 
UNSW is a large Australian research intensive university. Their Fedora repository Integrates UNSW research ethos into researcher induction and development programs. The Library Repository Service (LRS) provides Fedora Web-based repositories to the UNSW academic community in support of the UNSW 2014 Digital Preservation Policy and associated workflows.
DSpaceDirect Bennington College: Crossett Library Digital Repository 
Bennington is a small undergraduate liberal arts college. Bennington’s Crossett Library requires an economical solution with technical support for storing and making student's electronic theses and dissertations accessible. The college also has a collection of scanned high quality images and film that they wished to preserve in an IR. DSpaceDirect made is possible for a small staff without an archivist to make their modern dance history digital archive available to external audiences through a web-accessible, no-maintenance, hosted DSpace repository.
University of Illinois: American Library Association Archives 
ALAIR documents the history of the American Library Association and Librarianship. This ALA DSpaceDirect digital institutional repository provides an open access repository committed to collecting, permanently storing, and providing digital access to the publications and intellectual work of the American Library Association. The basic DSpace “communities and collections” architecture allows content to be aggregated based on the structure of ALA’s constituent associations, divisions, committees, and other groups. A key factor in choosing DSpaceDirect was that previously there was no self-archiving option available to ALA members for key organizational content.
The National Children's Advocacy Center's Child Abuse Library Online CALiO™ 
CALiO's well-used collections are managed in an institutional repository hosted by DSpaceDirect and currently contains more than 1,600 records linking to print documents and audio/visual items, growing at a rate of about 50-100 per month.

 

 

 

 

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