SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR)
Step 1 Formulate a digital preservation policy using open access, open standards, open source software and open systems for availability in the extremely long term. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Digital_Preservation/Electronic_Archives_Preservation_Policy
Step 2 Decide on a hostname (URL) for the repository. This name should be simple to remember and easy to type into documentation. Ensure the name will never change. This is vital for visibility on the web and for repository marketing/branding. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Install_Ubuntu#Hostname_selection http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Web_Analytics
Step 3 Assign a library repository manager, IT ubuntu linux system administrator and web 2.0 developer to the project. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Repository http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Capacity_Building
Step 4 Budget for and purchase the necessary server hardware resources. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Install_Ubuntu#Hardware http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Capacity_Planning
Step 5 Install DSpace software and complete DSpace after installation configurations. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Dspace
Step 6 Plan for disaster recovery. http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Disaster_Recovery
Step 7 Plan for an official launch.