Introduction to DSpace

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An Introduction to DSpace - How to Get Help; Repository Structure; Items in Dspace, Users and Groups; An Introduction to Metadata in Dspace.

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Introduction to DSpace

  1. 1. Introduction toDSpaceIryna KuchmaOpen Access Programme ManagerOpen Access and the Evolving Scholarly CommunicationEnvironment workshop, July 11, 2012, Makerere Universitywww.eifl.net Attribution 3.0 Unported
  2. 2. Top Reasons to Use DSpaceLargest community of users and developersworldwideFree open source softwareCompletely customizable to fit your needsUsed by educational, government, privateand commercial institutionsCan be installed out of the boxCan manage and preserve all types of digitalcontent
  3. 3. 1322 DSpace instances in almost 100 countries worldwide http://www.dspace.org/whos-using- dspace
  4. 4. What does DSpace look like? http://www.dspace.org/images/stories/dspace-diagram.pdf
  5. 5. The DSpace CommunityEach DSpace service is comprised ofCommunities – the highest level of the DSpacecontent hierarchyCommunities may be: • Departments • Labs • Research Centres • SchoolsEach community contains descriptive metadataabout itself and the collections contained within it
  6. 6. The DSpace CollectionEach community in turn have collections whichcontain items or filesCollections can belong to a single community ormultiple communities (collaboration betweencommunities may result in a shared collection)As with communities, each collection containsdescriptive metadata about itself and the itemscontained within it
  7. 7. What is an item?An item is made up of:– Metadata– Bundles (e.g. ORIGINAL / LICENCE / TEXT)– Bitstreams
  8. 8. What’s metadata?Metadata is "data about data", of any sort in any media. An item ofmetadata may describe an individual datum, or content item, or acollection of data including multiple content items.Metadata (sometimes written meta data) are used to facilitate theunderstanding, characteristics, and management usage of data.The metadata required for effective data management varies withthe type of data and context of use (e.g. metadata about a titlewould typically include a description of the content, the author; inthe context of a camera, where the data are the photographicimage, metadata would typically include the date the photographwas taken and details of the camera settings (lens, focal length,aperture, shutter timing, white balance, etc.) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata)
  9. 9. Types of metadataThe are two broad types of metadata1. Descriptive metadata The title is “A brief history of time”2. Administrative metadata The item was deposited on 28th May 2008 at 20:25
  10. 10. Encoding metadataMetadata is encoded using metadataschemasDSpace uses Dublin Core by default– Schema = ‘dc’– Qualified Dublin Core– Elements • E.g. Title / Creator / Subject / Description– Qualifiers • E.g. Title.main / Title.subtitle / Title.series– E.g. dc.identifier.citation
  11. 11. CreditsThese slides have been produced re-usingThe DSpace Course by:– Stuart Lewis & Chris Yates– Repository Support Project http://www.rsp.ac.uk/– Part of the RepositoryNet– Funded by JISC http://www.jisc.ac.uk/
  12. 12. Thank you! Questions?

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