Re: Eprints, Dspace, or Espace?
I need to compare and choose a suitable software for a repository. I have decided to discuss ARNO, CDSware, DSpace, Eprints, and Fedora. Could you briefly discuss each one in terms of suitability for a university?
The answer is very simple: It doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is that it should not be “ESpace” (Empty-Space); in other words, there has to be a policy that ensures that the university archives are filled with the intended content.
All the main OAI-compliant archive-creating softwares are functionally equivalent, because after all, what they do is quite simple: They make sure that all deposited papers have the same metadata tags, the obvious ones: author-name, article-title, date, journal-name, etc., so that they are interoperable as well as harvestable by OAI service providers.
The article then goes on to provide anice background on ARNO, CDSware, DSpace, Eprints, and Fedora.
For more information about the Open Access Initiative, see http://www.openarchives.org/