Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Paris, France: United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 2014. CI/KSD/2014/PI/H/

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Open access material. CC-BY-SA 3.0 IGO.


A comparison of the five most widely adopted IR platforms: Digital Commons, Dspace, Eprints, Fedora, and Islandora.


After more than a decade of expanding the reach of scholarship, the institutional repository continues to develop and offer modern tools for libraries and researchers. While the foundational elements of collection, preservation, and dissemination remain intact, the repository platform options continue to offer new and exciting ways to expand readership. Library-led publishing efforts and the desire to represent the entire breadth of an institution's research through journals, image collections, and books have made the repository a destination rather than a holding place for pre- and post-prints. With a variety of platforms available, an institution looking to start a repository program or move to a new platform has many options and features to compare. Locally hosted software offers customizations unique to the institution, but requires repository programming and IT teams to build and maintain. The cloud-based, hosted platforms offer a turnkey solution with consistent platform versions, upgrades, and customer support that will assist the library in developing a successful repository. Ultimately, the institution must evaluate its collections, technical expertise, and research distribution strategy in order to choose the platform that will best support its research goals.