Many academic libraries are involved in building digital repositories (often called institutional repository) for archiving papers, theses and dissertations being made available by members of the parent institution. These repositories may be restricted or available to the general public with few restrictions, in accordance with the open access principles. Digital repositories offer a range of benefits to students and teachers and in general the researcher community. DSpace is an open source digital repository platform that has several key features to make it easier to develop and maintain a digital repository. It enables organizations to:
- capture and describe digital material using a submission workflow module, or a variety of programmatic ingest options
- distribute an organization’s digital assets over the web through a search and retrieval system
- preserve digital assets over the long term
To see the cloud-based hosting plans go to DSpaceHub.