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  1. 1. DSpace: Or How an Electronic Resource Management Enterprise at MIT Solved all the Problems of the Digital World. Butch Lazorchak INLS 235 Digital Library Review
  2. 2. DSpace: What is it, exactly? <ul><li>A Digital “Depository” </li></ul><ul><li>A Digital “Repository” </li></ul><ul><li>An Open Source Software Platform </li></ul><ul><li>A Specialized Type of Digital Asset Management or Content Management System </li></ul><ul><li>A Groundbreaking Digital Library System </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Digital libraries are different [from traditional library automation] in that they are designed to support the creation, maintenance, management, access to, and preservation of digital content.“ </li></ul><ul><li>- Bernie Hurley, the Director for Library Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley in Digital Library Technology Trends , Sun Microsystems White Paper (August 2002): 3. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The first idea emphasizes the fact that digital libraries are computer-based systems constructed for people to use and that they are extensions of information storage and retrieval systems. The second emphasizes the belief that digital libraries should be constructed in a way that accommodates the actual tasks and activities that people engage when they create, seek, and use information resources; in this sense they are an extension of physical environments.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Social Aspects of Digital Libraries , Final Report of the UCLA-NSF Social Aspects of Digital Libraries Workshop, November 1996. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Welcome to Acronymland! OCW-Open Courseware DSpace-“digital space,” “design space,” “dissemination space” or some combination of all or none of those Invent@MIT, the HP-MIT Alliance (a joint venture) MIT Libraries operate DSpace at MIT MITCET-MIT Council on Educational Technology
  5. 5. <ul><li>DSpace has their own mission: </li></ul><ul><li>to provide stable long-term storage to house the digital products of MIT faculty and researchers; </li></ul><ul><li>to provide long-term preservation for digital materials in a variety of formats, including text, audio, video, images, datasets and more; </li></ul><ul><li>and to enable remote access to those materials through one coherent interface. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And the side-effects: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Destruction of the Academic Publishing System as we know it </li></ul><ul><li>Education wants to be free! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>DSpace: What’s it look like? </li></ul>
  7. 7. OK, so why should I care? That was the most boring thing I’ve ever seen!
  8. 8. They’ve figured it all out: <ul><li>Complete digital asset management system </li></ul><ul><li>Open source solution </li></ul><ul><li>Support for long-term preservation </li></ul><ul><li>All data types supported, including ones that haven’t even been invented yet </li></ul><ul><li>Protects and guarantees the authenticity of the digital materials over time </li></ul><ul><li>Bundles rights management information with each digital artifact </li></ul><ul><li>Supports interoperability </li></ul>
  9. 9. DSpace: the elegant integration of user-centered and system-centered capabilities <ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End Users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content and Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission Process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who are These “Users” <ul><ul><li>Contributors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MIT Faculty exclusively (at the moment) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federators (Columbia, Cornell, Ohio State, U’s of Rochester, Washington, Toronto) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You and me, brothers and sisters </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Content and Services <ul><li>Content Types- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any kind of digital content imaginable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term preservation support for the actual bits is guaranteed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software types are maintained and supported through the use of a bitstream manager </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Submission Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Sharium! Decentralized submission process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ingest process which incorporates human-edited and machine-annotated processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provenance and authentication through the use of checksums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handle System persistent identifiers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rights management utilizing Creative Commons licenses </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Technology <ul><li>Open Source-get it at SourceForge </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable-from your laptop to the mountaintop (as long as it’s a Unix-type environment) </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Core DC-LIB metadata schema, but SIMILE (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments) is on the way ( http://web.mit.edu/dspace-dev/www/simile/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability (Semantic Web, OAI); Intelligent Agents; Complex metadata schemas </li></ul>
  13. 13. DSpace: Good <ul><li>A Complete Scalable System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing for Long-term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACCESS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PRESERVATION </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AUTHENTICITY </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RIGHTS MANAGEMENT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Outside of propriety constraints </li></ul><ul><li>And with a vision of how digital information can serve us in the future </li></ul>