a jointly developed project from the MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard
with project guidance provided by the
The project is described as:
A groundbreaking digital repository system, DSpace captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes an organization's research material in digital formats.
Research institutions worldwide use DSpace for a variety of digital archiving needs -- from institutional repositories (IRs) to learning object repositories or electronic records management, and more.
project introduction explains that DSpace can be used
for creating a variety of online archives. Supported
data types include
articles, papers, and reports, theses, data sets, images,
audio and video files, learning objects, and distributed library collections.
The DSpace Instances
document includes a long list of educational institutions that are
currently using the software.
Here are a few project details:
the DSpace software is written in Java, it has been released under the
BSD License. DSpace is cross-platform software, with support for
Unix and Windows. Both command line and web-based user interfaces
The End User FAQ
has more general information on the project.
One interesting feature of DSpace is the use of the
Handle System as a method
of identifying data.
"The developers chose to use handles instead of persistent URLs to support citations to items in DSpace over very long time spans longer than we believe the HTTP protocol will last. Handles in DSpace are currently implemented as URLs, but can also be modified to work with future protocols."
DSpace System Documentation and
architecture documents describe the underlying system in
Version 1.2.2 beta 2 of DSpace was
announced this week:
"This release contains bugfixes and some minor new features from 1.2.2 beta 1. This includes postgres 8.0 compatibility, and community/collection strength display".
DSpace is available for download
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