DSpace as an institutional repository


Erja Kajosalo and Margret Branschofsky. MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14S-M48, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
DSpace is an open source software platform that enables the establishment of institutional repositories for digital collections of academic research and educational material. It provides for the capture, description, distribution and preservation of digital materials of various formats. This presentation will briefly describe the benefits of an institutional repository, how the DSpace functionality supports these ideas, as well as emerging policy issues, such as user education, intellectual property, and faculty response. Worldwide implementation of the DSpace software and the future of the DSpace federation will be discussed.