16.444 DSpace Federation: repository for digital scholarly production

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 444.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 07:10:43 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: DSpace Federation Announced

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    January 28, 2003

                               DSpace Federation Announced
                     Next Step for the MIT-Based Open-Source Repository
                               for Digital Scholarly Production

           *** Mellon Grant Facilitates Building Initial Federation With Columbia,
          Cornell, Ohio State, Rochester, Toronto, and Washington Universities ***

    >MIT Libraries
    >Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    >Cambridge, MA 02139
    >Contact: MacKenzie Smith, kenzie@mit.edu

    MIT and Six Major Research Universities Announce
    DSpace Federation Collaboration
    January 28, 2003, Cambridge, MA
    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries have announced
    initial development of the DSpace Federation with six major research
    universities: Columbia University, Cornell University, Ohio State
    University, and the Universities of Rochester, Toronto, and Washington.
    DSpace, a digital repository for intellectual output, was launched
    worldwide November 4, 2002 as an open source system, the result of a
    two-year collaboration between the MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard
    Laboratories, HP's strategic research facility. The system is now in full
    production at MIT, and holds approximately one thousand items from five
    early-adopter communities.

    "The DSpace repository is initially addressing a growing institutional
    need: how to collect, preserve, index and distribute the intellectual
    output of an organization that originates in complex digital formats, said
    Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries. "This is a time-consuming task
    for individual faculty and their departments, labs, and centers to manage,
    and something that the DSpace system will make easier and more affordable."

    MIT is now seeking to extend the scope of DSpace by offering it to other
    research-intensive institutions as an open-source system, and to build a
    Federation among these institutions. By making the system freely available
    as open-source software, DSpace will enable even small colleges to run
    repositories with existing resources. This project will explore the
    adaptability of DSpace to institutions beyond MIT, develop documentation
    for future Federators, and investigate new types of services that can be
    built on federated collections held in DSpace repositories at different
    institutions. MIT believes that by developing a Federation of institutions
    that employ the same software and protocols, the sustainability and
    potential for continued development of the system are enhanced.
    The one-year project is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which
    has awarded a $300,000 grant to MIT to work with the six institutions on
    the further development of the DSpace Federation. "The goals of the DSpace
    Federation include developing a critical corpus of content that represents
    the intellectual output of the world's leading research universities,
    promoting the continued development of the DSpace service through the
    open-source community, and promoting interoperability of archival
    repositories and long-term preservation of scholarly work by complying with
    published standards and supporting national and international initiatives
    to develop standards in this domain," said MacKenzie Smith, Associate
    Director for Technology in the MIT Libraries.

    Eugenie Prime, Director of HP's Corporate Research Libraries, said
    "Establishing the DSpace Federation is an important step for MIT and their
    partner institutions. It marks a transition in the way that academic
    institutions and other enterprises provide stewardship for the digital
    information that they produce. HP Labs is proud to be deeply involved in
    this transition."

    Institutions participating in the DSpace Federation project represent a
    range of organization types with varied motivations for investigating this
    technology. Susan Gibbons, Director, Digital Library Initiatives,
    University of Rochester, said "DSpace enhances learning by sharing
    information as it develops and is exchanged through informal communication
    by the academic community. Perhaps most exciting is DSpace's potential to
    create and enhance partnerships between libraries and those who generate
    new knowledge on a university or college campus."

    "Over a year ago Ohio State University began a project called the
    'Knowledge Bank' to better organize the burgeoning amount of academic
    digital assets being created by its faculty and students," said Joe Branin,
    Director of the Ohio State University Libraries. "We quickly realized that
    DSpace at MIT was an initiative and approach we needed to watch carefully.
    Now, we are pleased to be one of the early partners to implement and
    evaluate DSpace outside of MIT. We are, of course, interested in the
    technical side of DSpace, but what impresses us most is the openness that
    has characterized the whole DSpace development program at MIT, from their
    open source system approach to their sharing on the Web all their planning
    and policy documentation."

    About DSpace
    DSpace, a groundbreaking digital library system to capture, store, index,
    preserve, and redistribute the intellectual output of a university's
    research faculty in digital formats.

    It is designed with a flexible storage and retrieval architecture adaptable
    to a multitude of data formats and distinct research disciplines. Different
    communities of an institution can adapt and customize the DSpace system to
    meet their individual needs and manage the data submission process
    themselves. Furthermore, a customized user portal can be created for each
    community, promoting a user environment closely matching a community's own
    terminology and culture. For more information on DSpace see

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