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What are my options in terms of technology, infrastructure, and software?

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  • Review your options with relevant stakeholders such as decision-makers, IT staff, processing staff, and users.
  • Choose software.
  • If you are coming into an IR that has already been started, figure out why certain technologies have been chosen and whether or not they are set in stone.
  • Perform continual analysis of workflow and software.
  • Update and revise IR workflow and software implementation as necessary.


  • Digital Commons [Link]

"Digital Commons is the leading hosted institutional repository software for universities, colleges, law schools, and research centers. A Digital Commons repository showcases the breadth of scholarship produced at an institution - everything from faculty papers, student scholarship, and annual reports to open-access journals, conference proceedings, and monographs."

"DSpace is freely available as open source software. (...) DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets."

"An EPrints institutional repository is an information hub designed to capture research outputs, make them discoverable and re-usable, and preserve them for the future. EPrints will take care of all your digital objects, from PDF to data sets."

"The Fedora Repository software has been installed by institutions, worldwide, to support a variety of digital content needs.  The Fedora Repository is extremely flexible and can be used to support any type of digital content.   There are numerous examples of Fedora being used for digital collections, e-research, digital libraries, archives, digital preservation, institutional repositories, open access publishing, document management, digital asset management, and more."

  • Free IR Software [Link]

"This is a category of articles relating to institutional repository software which can be freely used, copied, studied, modified, and redistributed by everyone that obtains a copy: "free software" or "open source software". Typically, this means software which is distributed with a free software license, and whose source code is available to anyone who receives a copy of the software."


  • Galloway, Patricia.  "Preparing to Build an IR: Getting Started in DSpace."  YouTube, 3:37.  Posted by CDCGUNC.  March 21, 2013.

"Patricia Galloway is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. She reflects on how she began an institutional repository using DSpace."


  • Barton, Mary R. and Margaret M. Waters.  "Choosing an institutional repository software platform" Chapter 3 in Creating an Institutional Repository: LEADIRS Workbook.  MIT Libraries, 2004-2005, p. 66-88. [Link]
The Learning About Digital Institutional Repositories Seminars programme (LEADIRS) aims to describe and illustrate how to build an online institutional repository.  This workbook supplements the seminar presentations and offers practical advice as well as work sheets you can use to get started with your own repository programme.  Where possible, it points you to real-world examples of planning aids or presentations used by university library teams in the UK and around the world.
  • Crow, Raym.  A Guide to Institutional Repository Software. 3rd ed.  New York: Open Society Institute, 2004. [Link
The Open Society Institute intends this guide to help organizations with one facet of their repository planning: selecting the software system that best satisfies their institution’s needs.  These needs will be driven by each institution’s content policies and by the various administrative and technical procedures required to implement those policies.  Therefore, this guide is designed for institutions already familiar with the various administrative, policy, and related planning issues relevant to implementing an institutional repository.  Organizations just starting their evaluation of the benefits and features offered by an institutional repository should first refer to the growing background literature as a context for using this guide.
  • DiLauro, Tim. "Choosing the Components of a Digital Infrastructure." First Monday 9, no. 5 (2004). [Link]
The purpose of this paper is to highlight some issues and help inform the choices associated with developing digital environments within a single institution or among many. While the bulk of this discussion focuses on digital repositories as a key component of the digital infrastructure, persistent identifiers, assumptions surrounding digital preservation, and integration of digital library services are also discussed.
  • Marill, Jennifer and Edward C. Luczak.  "Evaluation of Digital Repository Software at the National Library of Medicine.  D-Lib Magazine 15 no. 5/6 (2009). [Link]
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine® (NLM) undertook an 18-month project to evaluate, test and recommend digital repository software and systems to support NLM's collection and preservation of a wide variety of digital objects.  This article outlines the methodology NLM used to analyze the landscape of repository software and select three systems for in-depth testing.  Finally, the article discusses the evaluation results and next steps for NLM.  This project followed an earlier NLM working group, which created functional requirements and identified key policy issues for an NLM digital repository to aid in building NLM's collection in the digital environment.
  • Prudlo, Marion.  "E-Archiving: An Overview of Some Repository Management Software Tools."  Ariadne 43 (2005). [Link
This article discusses LOCKSS, EPrints and DSpace, which are some of the most widely known repository management tools, in terms of who uses them, their cost, underlying technology, the required know-how, and functionalities.

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