Telling DSpace Stories

The Faces of DSpace video by @mire features some of the people and stories behind DSpace repositories in different parts of the world. As with all open source software development, contributions by the DSpace community are invaluable. Many thanks to @mire, a DSpace Registered Service Provider, for the use of this video.

Use Case Examples

The most common use of the DSpace software is by academic and research libraries as an open access repository for managing their faculty and student output. There are also many organizations using the software to host and manage subject based, dataset or media-based repositories. The table below provides the major use case categories and a link to several examples of each. To view a list of known DSpace instances, click here.


Institutional Repository

Deep Blue is the University of Michigan's permanent, safe, and accessible service for representing their rich intellectual community. Its primary goal is to provide access to the works that make Michigan a leader in research, teaching, and creativity. Deep Blue uses DSpace as a publications' repository for published objects including journals. Click here to learn more about their repository service.

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Image Repository

Rice University's Travelers in the Middle East Archive, TIMEA. TIMEA is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. TIMEA offers electronic texts such as travel guides, museum catalogs, and travel narratives, photographic and hand-drawn images of Egypt, historical maps, and interactive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps of Egypt and Cyprus.


Audio / Video Repository

Georgia Tech SMARTech, or Scholarly Materials And Research @ Georgia Tech, is a repository for the capture of the intellectual output of the Institute in support of its teaching and research missions. SMARTech connects stockpiles of digital materials currently in existence throughout campus to create a cohesive, useful, sustainable repository available to Georgia Tech and the world. In addition to hosting the 4th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR09), Georgia Tech also created a video repository of the recordings from the DSpace User Group Meeting held in conjunction with the conference.


Museum / Cultural Heritage

New York University’s Afghanistan Digital Library retrieves and restores materials published in Afghanistan that are in danger of disappearing. The objective of the project was to collect, catalogue, digitize and provide access to as many publications as possible in an effort to reconstruct an essential part of Afghanistan's cultural heritage. "Afghan scholars are enormously excited about The Afghanistan Digital Library as this is material that don't have access to currently," says Dr. Michael Stoller, the project manager of ADL and Director of Collection and Research Services at New York University.

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Government Records / Reports

Policy Archive is a comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 24,000 ocuments. It is a digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research that makes use of the Internet technology to collect and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research. It offers a subject index, an internal search engine, useful abstracts, email notifications of newly added research, and will expand to offer information on researchers and funders, and even user-generated publication reviews. It will also over time, grow to include policy content from international and corporate organizations.

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The Belgian Poison Centre created a repository to store information on the composition and toxicity of various products, medicines, plants, animals and fungi. The site also offers guidance to healthcare professionals and a list of the most frequent inquiries of the Center. The Center fields more than 50,000 calls per year and is subsidized by the Federal Public Service of Public Health.

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Federated Repositories / Networked Instances

The Texas Digital Library is a multi-university consortium dedicated to providing the digital infrastructure to support a fully online scholarly community for institutions of higher education in Texas. Formed in 2005 by four Texas members of the Association of Research Libraries, the TDL has extended membership in the consortium to any of the state’s institutions of higher learning.

Through the establishment of shared policies and standards, forums for professional interaction, expertise in digital collections and preservation, and robust technical services, the TDL aims to increase the availability of the enormous intellectual capital of Texas universities and to preserve it for future generations.