[Irtalk] Fwd: [Dspace-tech] New and Improved DSpace Registry

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri May 7 20:07:44 SAST 2010

Sorry for the cross-posting.

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From: Valorie Hollister <vhollister at duraspace.org>
Date: 7 May 2010 17:56
Subject: [Dspace-tech] New and Improved DSpace Registry
To: dspace-tech at lists.sourceforge.net, dspace-general at lists.sourceforge.net

Dear DSpace Community,

There is a new resource now available to the DSpace community -- the much
improved DSpace user registry (
http://www.dspace.org/whos-using-dspace/Repository-List.html). Please read
the news item below for more information.

Valorie Hollister
Director of Community Development, DSpace Project
vhollister at duraspace.org

Have you ever wondered which institutions have upgraded to the most recent
version of DSpace or which repositories have video files stored?
DuraSpace is pleased to announce a new resource, the  community DSpace
The database was conceived of and designed by members of the DSpace Global
Outreach Committee<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=i8p7uodab.0.0.5iy95gcab.0&ts=S0483&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwiki.dspace.org%2Fconfluence%2Fdisplay%2FDSPACE%2FDSpace%2BGlobal%2BOutreach%2BCmte&id=preview>
(DGOC) to address one of the biggest challenges within the DSpace user
community; not just to identify which institutions used DSpace, but also
cultivate a resource with some basic information about those repositories to
help facilitate connections between users. The work started early last year
and included a Community Networking
which gathered data about repositories and seeded the information now
available in the database.
Members of the DSpace community will now be able to search the database to
discover other institutions which have similar repositories, environments or
interests to their own. The hope of DGOC and the DuraSpace organization is
that this listing will help foster all types of connections and
collaborations in the future.

What is new?
The most popular page on the
for the last few years has been the "Who's Using DSpace?" page. This
page was a simple list of DSpace repositories with only the institution
name, country and URL link listed. The list was not easily searchable or
The new DSpace repositories database provides much more information and
functionality. And there are now over 800 known repositories included in the
database, representing over 80 countries.
Main Table View
The main database view provides you with a sortable table of all known
DSpace instances. It includes the institution name, country, type of
institution (academic, museum, government, etc), DSpace version/user
interface and the URL link. This list can be re-ordered by any of the fields
listed -- so if you want to get a quick view of who is using 1.6 XML/Manakin
it can be done in an instant by clicking on the column header.
Detailed Repository View
To view all the available information about a specific repository (use case,
file types stored, type of content stored, addons/extensions, database,
operating system, etc), you simply click on the institution name. You will
then view all the information available in the database about that
particular repository.
On the left hand side there is a number of search filters, including an open
text search which you can use to perform a single or multi-faceted search
and will produce a listing of those institutions which meet your selected

How can you add or update your institution's information?
The information available in the repositories database is limited to what
has been provided by the institution either by registering previously on
dspace.org, the
(http://roar.eprints.org/) or by responding to the April 2009 Community
Networking Survey<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=i8p7uodab.0.0.5iy95gcab.0&ts=S0483&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwiki.dspace.org%2Fconfluence%2Fdisplay%2FDSPACE%2FCommunity%2BNetworking%2BSurvey%2BResults&id=preview>.
We would love to help foster more connections. Please take the time to
register or to update your repository's information by making use of
the  registration
for new listings or update
 (http://www.dspace.org/component/option,com_facileforms/Itemid,154/) for
existing listings. Please note that we expect updates to existing listings
may take a few days to show up in the database and we ask for your patience.

Many thanks to the DGOC for their design and review work on this project.
Thanks also to Valorie Hollister, Director of Community Development, DSpace
Project/DuraSpace for driving the project forward and to Lauren L'Esperance,
DSpace.org webmaster who worked out all the technical pieces.

We look forward to hearing your feedback and comments about the new DSpace
Registry. Please contact Valorie Hollister at


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