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1 Edinburgh 23 October DSpace: A Platform for Research Repositories Peter Morgan Project Director, Cambridge University Library

2 Edinburgh 23 October Outline DSpace overview Cambridge project background Building a Cambridge repository

3 Edinburgh 23 October DSpace - what is it? Software platform for a digital institutional repository For all research and learning material Captures, describes, preserves, distributes Cumulative, perpetual and secure

4 Edinburgh 23 October DSpace - 'a durable digital depository' MIT / HP collaboration Open Source software (released Nov 2002) OAI-compatible metadata (Qualified Dublin Core) guaranteed bitstream preservation persistent identifier ("handle") retrieval via standard search engines (Google, etc.)

5 Edinburgh 23 October Potential content (1) Research output Teaching material Administrative records Library collections

6 Edinburgh 23 October Potential content (2) Refereed research literature and preprints Conference papers, working papers, reports Books E-theses Images Audio and video files Learning objects Data sets Digitised material

7 Edinburgh 23 October DSpace - data model bitstream files items + metadata record collections communities –administrator + e-people

8 Edinburgh 23 October Why the library? central institutional role long-term commitment multidisciplinary experienced and trusted as custodian and disseminator of information digital repository complements networked library and information services

9 Edinburgh 23 October Cambridge-MIT Institute Funded by UK Dept of Trade & Industry 5 year programme ( ) (now to 2006) Original mission: –'to improve the competitiveness, productivity and entrepreneurship of the UK by educating leaders, discovering knowledge and developing technologies, and creating programs for change using a partnership of MIT and Cambridge'

10 Edinburgh 23 October project outline 3-year project (2002-5) funded by Cambridge- MIT Institute Objectives: –to develop a digital institutional repository for the University of Cambridge –work with others and share experience within UK Formal Cambridge University Library - MIT Libraries collaboration Partnership between Cambridge University Library and CU Computing Service

11 Edinburgh 23 October main project elements Installation of DSpace software and hardware –3 systems (public; offsite mirror; test bed) Further development and customisation –digital preservation (Cambridge-led) –learning management system interactivity (MIT-led) Business plan Content, content, content …

12 Edinburgh 23 October Potential benefits to users Greater visibility of academic work Community' (departmental) identity University of Cambridge 'badge' Ownership of material is retained by user/University Opportunities for permitted re-use Digital preservation University Library repository offers long-term guarantees Data security Cost-benefits of central institutional repository

13 Edinburgh 23 October Acquisition of content Stage 1 –early adopters (two waves: 4 + 4) Stage 2 –fast followers Stage 3 –general University roll-out

14 Edinburgh 23 October Early adopters - recruitment Top-down –heads of Schools (deans), senior administrators Bottom-up –individual creators/owners of material Formal –letters, press releases, articles, presentations Informal –visits, word of mouth, surveys of websites

15 Edinburgh 23 October Early adopters - selection criteria Variety of content & file formats –test workflow processes –test digital preservation Enthusiasm –willingness to invest in test programme High profile/political clout –need long-term support Safety net –rescue process for material under threat

16 Edinburgh 23 October Early adopters - first wave Genizah Collection, University Library –digitised images (closed access) Fitzwilliam Museum –collection records and digitised images Moving Image Studio (Architecture) –films: 'Cambridge Ceremonies and Buildings' Social Anthropology –digitised films: 'Anthropological Ancestors'

17 Edinburgh 23 October Early adopters - second wave Potential early adopters include… –scholarly papers (all subjects) –teaching programmes (Management, Pathology) –databases (Physics, Earth Sciences) –e-theses (Engineering) –archives (Oriental Studies, Central Admin) –e-Science collaboration (biomedicine)

18 Edinburgh 23 October search interface

19 Edinburgh 23 October communities

20 Edinburgh 23 October Local policy decisions Submission criteria (who? what? when?) Definition & responsibilities of user communities Acceptable file formats (supported, unsupported) Levels of access (public, restricted) Metadata standards (quality assurance) IPR issues (management of rights & obligations) Who pays? Short-term v. long-term ownership Responsibility for non-Cambridge material?

21 Edinburgh 23 October Liaison Advisory groups –user communities; library; IT Publicity (press, seminars, documentation) Project website discussion lists Other projects –SHERPA, Theses Alive!, Digital Curation Centre DSpace Federation –development; shared experience; policy co-ordination

22 Edinburgh 23 October links DSpace at MIT Libraries DSpace Federation Cambridge University Library Cambridge-MIT Institute

23 Edinburgh 23 October Contact details Peter Morgan Project Director Cambridge University Library West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

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