Institutional Digital Archives
A variety of higher education institutions and corporations are currently engaged in creating products for Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Institutional Repositories. Of these products, only the Open Source products were investigated because of the overwhelming cost of most corporate products. Of these remaining, DSpace
, GNU ePrints
were investigated for features, functionality, user interface, institutions using them and cost. Of these, DSpace, Fedora and GNU ePrints should be tested alongside each other and exposed to a variety of college personnel before a final product can be selected. ETD-db should not be considered. Of the three contenders, DSpace seems the most advantageous because it has the most fully developed interface while retaining high data integrity standards. Fedora is disadvantaged because it would require a large investment upfront before anyone could begin archiving. GNU ePrints, with a large international user base, does not have the same polished and professional presentation as does DSpace.
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