I wanted to add a note into this conversation to say that when you are selecting a software solution for your Institutional Repository please remember to also investigate your long-term preservation commitments to the content you will be managing in the IR. Most IR systems are not built to do digital preservation -- they are built as acquisition and access systems. So you will want to establish what the IR does and does not do in support of digital preservation and how that aligns with your organizational responsibilities / mandates for preservation and long-term access of managed content. Remember that digital preservation is not that same as business continuity back-up of your content. Connect with the folks in your Univ. or Institutional Archives if you are not sure of your preservation responsibilities and mandates and bring them into your conversations about selection of an IR system.
Kari R. Smith, Digital Archivist
MIT Libraries, Institute Archives and Special Collections
617-258-5568 | smithkr (at) mit.edu
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Institutional repositories
My institution is working on a massive overhaul of our current institutional repository. At this point we're still deciding what to choose (DSpace, Invenio, etc.). Since I don't have much experience with IRs and so far all I can do in meetings is wave my arms and crow about metadata a bunch, I thought I'd appeal to the collective Code4Lib brain for some repository input. If you have an IR at your institution, what do you like about it? Hate? What about the end users? What is your submission process like? Anything you wish it could do that it doesn't? Etc.
Please feel free to contact me off list with your thoughts, if you care to share-I'll keep all information confidential.
Thanks so much,
Metadata and Cataloging Librarian
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Library
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