SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR)
The guidelines are targeted at academic institutions in developing countries world wide, who want to start an open access research repository and who want to know in detail what is required and how to do it step-by-step.
These guidelines are also an attempt to promote the use of a reference architecture as best practice, for the implementation of DSpace as a trusted institutional digital repository, as we did for our repository, SUNScholar (http://scholar.sun.ac.za).
After quickly reading all of the steps below and then carefully building a test system, it should be possible to derive a business plan/model to solicit funding or prepare a fairly comprehensive initial capital expenditure foundation budget and then an implementation plan/schedule.
It is assumed that the institution has internet access and is prepared to make provision for a production and two backup data centers, in different geophysical locations, for the purposes of disaster recovery.
It is also assumed that the institution is aware of the critical importance of data sovereignty and repository preservation, especially in the light of the revelations about the American NSA and the "takedown" campaign by Elsevier.
- Step by step recommendations
Step 1 - Open Access Policy and Repository Preservation Plan Step 2 - Marketing Friendly Persistent URL and Preservable Digital Objects Step 3 - Employ Repository Management Personnel Step 4 - Build Repository IT Infrastructure Step 5 - Install DSpace Repository Software Step 6 - Repository System Backup & Monitoring Step 7 - Repository Launch and Registration with Harvesters Step 8 - Capture Research Records and Submit Research Items Step 9 - Repository Self-Help and News Step 10 - Engage Research Partners Step 11 - Continuous System Improvement and Maintenance Step 12 - Repository Research, Support and Management Help
- For open access advocacy and repository content management , please contact:
Ina Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For repository preservation, repository interoperability and digitisation management, please contact:
Wouter Klapwijk: email@example.com
- For repository systems management and errors/omissions/improvements regarding this wiki guide, please contact:
Hilton Gibson: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Latest information for installations
http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/DSpace http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/System_Admin http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Customisation http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Optimisations
Use the online wiki when doing test/development/production/backup system installations because the wiki has the latest information. See the links above.
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