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DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories.  It is free and easy to install “out of the box” and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.

DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets.  And with an ever-growing community of developers, committed  to continuously expanding and improving the software, each DSpace i

History: DSpace was originally developed by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Labs. Since its initial open source release in 2002, the platform has been guided by a global community of committers, developers, repository managers, and other stakeholders who contribute to project governance. DSpace became a DuraSpace project in 2009 when the Fedora Commons and DSpace organizations merged to form DuraSpace.

Cost: Open source software, no charge. DSpace is distributed under the terms of the BSD open source license.

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.

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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.

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