What is DSpace?
DSpace is a platform that allows you to capture items in any format -in text, video, audio, and data. It distributes it over the web. It indexes your work, so users can search and retrieve your items. It preserves your digital work over the long term. DSpace provides a way to manage your research materials and publications in a professionally maintained repository to give them greater visibility and accessibility over time. DSpace is typically used as an institutional repository.
It has three main roles:
1. Facilitate the capture and ingest of materials, including metadata about the materials.
2. Facilitate easy access to the materials, both by listing and searching.
3. Facilitate the long term preservation of the materials.
What are the benefits of using DSpace?
- Getting your research results out quickly, to a worldwide audience.
- Reaching a worldwide audience through exposure to search engines such as Google.
- Storing reusable teaching materials that you can use with course management systems.
- Archiving and distributing material you would currently put on your personal website.
- Storing examples of students projects (with the students permission).
- Showcasing students theses (again with permission).
- Keeping track of your own publications/bibliography.
- Having a persistent network identifier for your work, that never changes or breaks.
- No more page charges for images. You can point to your images persistent identifiers in your published articles.
What can DSpace be used for?
A community is the highest level of the DSpace content hierDSpace can be used to store any type of digital medium.
- Journal papers
- Data sets
- Electronic theses
- Conference posters
What does DSpace look like?
At a very high level, DSpace looks like this:
- Web-based interface makes it easy for a submitter to create an archival item by depositing files. DSpace was designed to handle any format from simple text documents to datasets and digital video.
- Data files, also called bitstreams, are organized together into related sets. Each bitstream has a technical format and other technical information. This technical information is kept with bitstreams to assist with preservation over time.
- Anitem is an "archival atom" consisting of grouped, related content and associated descriptions (metadata). An item's exposed metadata is indexed for browsing and searching. Items are organized into collections of logically-related material.
- Images archy. They correspond to parts of the organization such as departments, labs, research centers or schools.
- DSpace's modular architecture allows for creation of large, multi-disciplinary repositories that ultimately can be expanded across institutional boundaries.
- DSpace is committed to going beyond reliable file preservation to offer functional preservation where files are kept accessible as technology formats, media, and paradigms evolve over time for as many types of files as possible.
- The end-user interface supports browsing and searching the archives. Once an item is located, Web-native formatted files can be displayed in a Web browser while other formats can be downloaded and opened with a suitable application program.