DSpace – Repository software survey, November 2010


Name: DuraSpace
Home Page URL: http://www.duraspace.org
Type: Not-for-profit
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: DSpace
Product URL: http://www.dspace.org
Latest Version ID
(October 2010)
License Cost: Free
Product Type: Software


Free (community) Support: Free - community
Free (direct) Support: -
Not-for-profit Paid Support: -
Commercial Paid Support: Commercial
Update Cost (minor revisions): Free
Update Cost (major revisions): Free

Supported Item Types (Storage and rendition)

Documents (pdf, doc, ppt,...): current standard
Images (jpeg, gif, png,...): current standard
Video (mpeg, avi,...): current standard
Audio (mp3, wav,...): current standard
Learning objects (scorm,...): current standard
Other: current standard
Other (specifics): Can store & manage all content types

Metadata Formats

Dublin Core: Dublin Core
Qualified DC: Qualified DC
Other: DSpace can import/export content from a variety of metadata formats, including MODS, PREMIS, etc.

Thumbnail Previews

Image Files: current standard
Video Files: current 3rd party
PDF & Texts: current 3rd party

User Interface Functions

End-user Deposition: current standard
Built-in PDF Making: -
Multi-language Support: current standard

Format conversion

Convert To PDF: current 3rd party
To PDF from: -
Convert To PDF-A: current 3rd party
To PDF-A from: -
Convert To XML: current 3rd party
To XML from: -

Advanced Searching

Field-specific: Field-specific
Boolean logic: Boolean logic
Sorting options: Sorting options

Browse View Options

Author: Author
Academic Unit: -
Subjects: Subjects
Year: Year
Title: Title
Collections: Collections
Other: Configurable. Any field can be used for browsing

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Controlled Vocabularies: Controlled Vocabularies
Other: DSpace supports any administrator-defined controlled vocabulary


Atom: Atom
Twitter: -
Other Syndication Options: -

User Validation

Registration Required: current standard
LDAP Authentication: current standard
Athens Authentication: -
Shiboleth Authentication: current standard

Web 2.0

Tagging: -
Comments: -
Ratings: -
Reviews: -
Bookmarks: -
Share this...: current 3rd party
Other Web 2.0 Details: -

Statistical Reporting

Top Downloads: current 3rd party
Count of Full Records: current standard

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: Windows
Mac OS X: MacOS
Other: -


MySQL: -
Oracle: Oracle
PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL
Microsoft SQL Server: -
Cloud Storage: -
Other: -
Other (Specifics): -

Scripting Languages

Java: Java
PHP: -
JavaScript: JavaScript
Other: XSLT

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: -

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current standard
OAI-ORE: current optional
SWORD: current standard
SWAP: current standard
RDF: -
RoMEO Integration: -
OAI-PMH Harvesting: current standard
Other: WebDAV, REST, SRU/SRW, OpenSearch

Administrators' Functions

Bulk Import: current standard
Bulk Export: current standard
Cover Sheet Generation: -
Customisable Workflow: current standard

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL: http://www.dspace.org/latest-release
Discussion List: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/dspace-tech/
Helpline Email: dspace-tech@lists.sourceforge.net
Phone: -


Training: -
Consultancy: -
Site Visits: -
Other: Training, Consultancy & Site Visits are all offered via third parties (i.e. service providers)

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: DSpace @ MIT
URL: http://dspace.mit.edu/
2. Name: DSpace @ Cambridge
URL: http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/
3. Name: Texas Digital Library Repository
URL: http://repositories.tdl.org/tdl/


: -

DSpace repositories in OpenDOAR

List of Repositories: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=DSpace&format=titles&step=50
Worldwide Google Map: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=DSpace&format=gmap


  • Current - Features in the product version that users can download/install and use today.
  • Future - Features that are currently undergoing testing or are planned for a future version.
  • Standard - Features that come "out of the box" and whose removal or disabling would require special effort.
  • Optional - Features that come as part of the normal package but which users must install or enable if they want them.
  • 3rd Party - Features that can be provided using software or add-ins from third party suppliers.
  • [blank] - The product does not have the relevant feature.

Note on Fedora. Fedora is a toolkit that provides an architecture for the development of repository software and not a repository package as such. This is reflected in the answers to some questions. See the Fedora Remarks for more details.

Note on hosted services. While hosted services are built on particular technologies they do not in general expose these technologies to the end user. This will be refelected in the answers to 'platform' based questions

The information in this data sheet has been provided by DuraSpace in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.