Your Atmire advantage

01/01/2016

To get a clear view on whether DSpace and Atmire services are right for your organization, a short list of important challenges that you need to address is a good starting point. Our offering is a proven successful match for the following key challenges.

High impact public visibility for your content

Offering high quality publication pages, search & browse functionality and optimized Google Scholar indexing are at the heart of most Atmire and DSpace projects. Making sure that the institutional affiliation and the author’s identity are clearly featured is a related objective of high importance for many clients.

Assessing impact: measuring how collections grow and how they are used

The majority of Atmire clients and DSpace users has a great interest in download statistics for content. Identifying the frequency of downloads, countries of origin and advancing in the field of automated robot detection are just a few of the activities addressing this challenge.

It is closely tied to the challenge of establishing high impact public visibility: the claim that the system successfully addresses that challenge is just an empty statement without the right metrics.

A trustworthy home for storing and accessing content for the long haul

This is where Atmire and DSpace are different from a standard website or CMS. DSpace repositories are built to stand the test of time thanks to features such as checksum verification for uploaded assets, or integration with handle.net and DOI for URL persistence. It is both the philosophy of the DSpace community and our company that once content is uploaded and links to that content are exposed online, those links should keep working. The fact that you double down on Open Source technology by choosing Atmire and DSpace services also relates to this challenge, as this prevents lock-in and gives you options for the future.

Your long term strategy should not be based on the assumption that DSpace as a platform or Atmire as a business will still be around in 50 years from now. But by choosing open source, you keep most options open to ensure that your content will be there, and the links will keep resolving.

All file types in all sizes

Many institutions primarily use institutional repositories for text based files. The capabilities of Atmire services and DSpace go way beyond this. Technically, there is no limit to the type of file that can be hosted in DSpace, or the size such a file may have. Just have a look at this multi-terabyte dataset in DSpace. For audio, video and large scale images, Atmire offers specialized add-on modules to extend the default access functionality of DSpace.

Granular access restrictions

While the Open Access vision is being adopted globally, it is very clear that it can not yet immediately apply to all types of content at all times. Working on time-based embargos and different levels of access restrictions on single files in DSpace, over to policies applied repository-wide, is a challenge we work on nearly every week.

Compliance

Ensuring that an institution complies with Open Access regulation, in particular issued by research funders, is a major driver for many repository projects. Atmire services and DSpace have been successful in addressing RIOXX and OpenAIRE compliance. In several countries DSpace also plays an important role in national research assessment exercises.

Migrating legacy systems while ensuring continuity of service

Many of Atmire’s clients have started their repositories with a migration from a legacy system. Examples include Digitool, EPrints, older versions of DSpace and home grown databases.

Tell us about your important challenges

Contact us and we would be happy to setup an initial conversation to discuss your challenges.