|What is a Digital Institutional Repository?
“A university-based institutional
repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of
its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created
by the institution and its community members. It is most essentially an organizational
commitment to the stewardship of these digital materials, including long-term
preservation where appropriate, as well as organization and access or distribution.
While operational responsibility for these services may reasonably be situated
in different organizational units at different universities, an effective
institutional repository of necessity represents a collaboration among librarians,
information technologists, archives and records mangers, faculty, and university
administrators and policymakers. At any given point in time, an institutional
repository will be supported by a set of information technologies, but a key
part of the services that comprise an institutional repository is the management
of technological changes, and the migration of digital content from one set
of technologies to the next as part of the organizational commitment to providing
repository services. An institutional repository is not simply a fixed set
of software and hardware.”
Clifford A. Lynch,
Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age",
ARL Bimonthly Report, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7.
Overview and Rationale
for Institutional Repositories: Selected Resources
Crow, Raym, The
Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper,
Release 1.0 (2002 ) <http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/IR_Final_Release_102.pdf>
"Institutional repositories—digital collections
that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond
to two strategic issues facing academic institutions: 1) they provide a central
component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in
a disaggregated publishing structure; and 2) they serve as tangible indicators
of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige,
and public value. This paper examines institutional repositories from these
complementary perspectives, describing their potential role and exploring
their impact on major stakeholders in the scholarly communication process."
Crow, Raym, "The
Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper." ARL
Bimonthly Report, no. 223 (August 2002): 1-4: <http://www.arl.org/newsltr/223/instrepo.html.
A summary of the SPARC white paper.
Crow, Raym. SPARC
Institutional Repository Checklist & Resource Guide, (2002) <http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/IR_Guide.html>
A practical guide that offers an overview of the major
issues which institutions and consortia need to address in implementing an
Lynch, Clifford A., "Institutional
Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age",
ARL Bimonthly Report, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7. <http://www.arl.org/newsltr/226/ir.html>
Ware, Mark, Pathfinder Research
on Web-based Repositories, London: Publisher and Library/Learning Solutions
(PALS) (January 2004) <http://www.palsgroup.org.uk/>
"The institutional repository, an open web-based archive
of scholarly material produced by the members of a defined institution, has
come to the fore following the launch of DSpace at MIT at the end of 2002.
This report reviews recent developments and quantifies the growth of institutional
repositories, and explores the impact their expansion may have on scholarly
Repository Models: Sample Platforms
Open Society Institute,
A Guide to Institutional
Repository Software, 2nd Ed., January 2004 <http://www.soros.org/openaccess/software/>
Universities and research
centers throughout the world are actively planning the implementation of
institutional repositories. Such planning entails policy, legal, educational,
cultural, and technical components, most of which are interrelated and each
of which must be satisfactorily addressed for the repository to succeed.
The Open Society Institute intends this document to help organizations with
one facet of their repository planning: selecting a software system that
best satisfies an institution's needs.
DSpace (MIT): <https://dspace.mit.edu/index.jsp>
Technology (DSpace): <http://dspace.org/technology/architecture.pdf>
DSpace: A software platform
developed and used at MIT that enables institutions to capture and describe
digital works using a submission workflow module. The system enables these
works to be archived and distributed over the web through a search and retrieval
Digital Library) <http://repositories.cdlib.org/escholarship/>
Technology (BEPress): <http://www.bepress.com/repositories.html>
The Berkeley Electronic Press(BEPress):
Works with institutional partners to create digital repositories of scholarly
information. The Berkeley Electronic Press provides Internet-based tools
for the submission, processing, and posting of materials to digital repositories.
In addition to simplifying the depositing of papers, the technology allows
readers to discover and view relevant research by topic, author, or sponsoring
Caltech Collection of Open Digital
Archives (CODA): <http://library.caltech.edu/digital/>
Technology (EPrints): <http://software.eprints.org/>
GNU EPrints Archive Software:
A software platform developed at the University of Southampton which
creates online archives that can be "full-text" searched with
enhanced searching for names and dates.
Harvard University Digital Repository
Service (DRS): <http://hul.harvard.edu/ois/systems/drs/index.html>
The Digital Repository Service
(DRS): offers Harvard-affiliated owners of digital material with a storage
and retrieval system for their collections.
GWLA Member Institutional Repository
Brigham Young University
DSpace at Brigham Young University <https://dspace.lib.byu.edu:443/>
About: DSpace at Brigham Young University is a location where BYU faculty members may publish their scholarly work to be preserved in electronic form and distributed over the internet.
Oregon State University:
DSpace@OSU Institutional Repository <http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/>
About: Access to digital resources created by OSU faculty members, staff and students as well as resources from selected OSU-affiliated programs such as the Institute for Natural Resources.
Contact: Michael Boock, Head of Technical Services, email@example.com
University of Arizona:
About: DLearn is a learning object repository
of shareable, digital, learning materials developed
at the University of Arizona.
Contact: Kris Maloney, Associate Librarian
/ Team Leader, Library Information Systems Team , firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Kansas:
KU ScholarWorks < https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/>
KU ScholarWorks offers faculty a central location for depositing any research
or scholarly output considered appropriate by a participating department or
center, including working papers, pre-publication scholarship, and published
papers for which authors have retained copyright. <http://www.ku.edu/~scholar/>
Contact: Richard Fyffe, Asst. Dean for Scholarly
Communications, Libraries/Information Services, email@example.com
Other: Fyffe, Richard, Beth Forrest Warner,
Scholarly Communication in a Digital World: The Role of
an Institutional Repository, March 2003 <http://hdl.handle.net/1808/126>
University of Oregon:
Scholars' Bank <http://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu>
About: Scholars' Bank is an institutional repository for University of Oregon research in digital form, including preprints, technical reports, working papers, student terminal projects, data sets, and more. It's a tool for collecting, disseminating, and preserving the intellectual output of the UO community.
Contact: Carol Hixson, Head, Metadata and Digital Library Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Texas - Austin:
About: UTOPIA is a new initiative providing
a digital knowledge gateway into the treasures of libraries, museums, galleries,
and laboratories of The University of Texas at Austin. It is designed to open
to the public the knowledge, research, and information and share these resources—free
of charge. UTOPIA will also present the research of key faculty members to
general audiences through online articles, presentations, lessons, and discussions.
University of Washington:
Digital Archive <http://digital.wustl.edu/>
About: developed to provide access to digital
resources created by the Washington University community. It is also designed
as an aid to faculty and staff considering embarking on digital projects.
Open Archives Initiative
Self-archiving FAQ <http://www.eprints.org/openaccess/self-faq/>
SPARC: Repository Resources