DSpace is an open source repository application that allows you to capture, store, index, preserve and distribute your digital material including text, video, audio and data. DSpace provides a way to manage your materials and publications in a professionally maintained repository to give them greater visibility and accessibility over time.
There are over 1000 digital repositories worldwide using the DSpace application for a variety of digital archiving needs. DSpace is most often used as an institutional repository – a platform that provides access to research output, scholarly publications, library collections, and more.
While DSpace shares some feature overlap with content management systems and document management systems, the DSpace repository software serves a specific need as a digital archives system, focused on the long-term storage, access and preservation of digital content.
Files or documents can be added to one or more Collections, and Collections can be grouped into larger Communities. Each Collection and Community may have their own logo and custom homepage, allowing you to replicate the structure of your organization. And you can easily batch update all the metadata stored with your content through the easy to use web interface.
DSpace supports various file formats and mime types, including PDF, Word, JPEG, MPEG, and TIFF files.
The benefits that come from using DSpace for your institution’s digital repository:
Preserve anything, find everything. DSpace can handle any digital format. Common file formats are automatically identified and media types are recognized and playable. Full-text and faceted searching is driven by robust, customizable metadata delivered content linked to persistent identifiers and available to other systems for OAI metadata harvesting.
Stop rebuilding, start archiving. DSpace offers a user-friendly web interface and powerful data engine – all in one, ready to use package. Unlike other repository solutions, DSpace is a single, fully-integrated application that was designed from the ground up for archiving and cataloging making it possible to start archiving in a dedicated and customized instance within one week.
Maintain complete control of your content. DSpace is free and open source, with a highly developed and well documented data structure. Your content is easily exported and migrated using standards-driven processes. Keeping your institution’s most valuable content in an open system means guaranteed mobility – true preservation.
Backed by a global community. DSpace is developed by a global community, including thousands of developers and hundreds of organizations around the world. Its stability, reliability and sustainability have made it the first choice for institutional repositories.
A solution that adapts to your needs. Why shoehorn your content into someone else’s schema when DSpace can adapt to your institution’s complex structure and standards? With DSpace you can build multiple collections with unique workflows and permissions structures, assign roles and set areas of open-access. There is no need to reinvent practices or create artificial barriers. Support for metadata standards is included, field-level customizations are simple, and submission forms and approval workflows are readily available.