[Irtalk] Federal Investment in Repository Solution Sets New Bar for How Libraries Share

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri May 8 12:33:31 SAST 2015

*IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) announced recently that it
is funding a $2 million grant for three partners (Digital Public Library of
America, Stanford University, and DuraSpace) to develop repository
solutions, hosting strategies, and methods for the exchange of information
for digital library collections.* The project will give libraries, museums,
and archives of all types and sizes an out-of-the-box open source solution
for managing their digital content and exposing what they have to the
world. It will build on the work many academic libraries have done to
create institutional repositories for their own organizations.

*DuraSpace is providing the infrastructure for the project.* “It aligns
perfectly with our mission to steward the scholarly and cultural heritage
records and make them accessible for current and future generations,” says
Debra Hanken Kurtz, DuraSpace’s CEO. Stanford University will develop core
components for the project, and the Digital Public Library of America
(DPLA) will focus on the connective tissue between repositories. *The
entire project is nicknamed “Hydra-in-a-Box” because it builds on Hydra, an
existing effort in repository development.*

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