SUNScholar/Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository (IR)

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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.

The above guidelines were used to build the following systems: http://scholar.sun.ac.za http://www.journals.ac.za http://conferences.sun.ac.za http://digital.lib.sun.ac.za