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Overview of eVols
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What is eVols?

eVols is an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawaii community and researchers around the world. The repository is a database with a set of services to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute information in digital format.

eVols at the University of Hawai at Manoa

eVols is maintained by the UHM Library, under the coordination of Desktop Network Services.

The repository will provide a home for material which the Library or the University digitizes as part of grant projects and digital library program initiatives. It will provide a permanent web location for those accessing these resources. It also has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve these digital materials.

These materials will potentially include scholarly communications (articles and pre-prints), theses, dissertations, technical reports. Other textual material may include different formats such as multimedia clips, interactive teaching programs, data sets, and databases.

eVols System

eVols uses an open-source software, called DSpace, which was developed by MIT and Hewlett Packard. It provides stable, long-term storage needed to house digital materials. More information about the technology platform can be found at MIT's DSpace implementation.

eVols is comprised of Communities - groups that contribute content to the repository - and Communities in turn each have Collections, which contain the content items, or files.

Communities might be departments, labs, research centers, schools, or some other administrative unit within an institution. Communities determine their own content guidelines and decide who has access to the community's contributions. A eVols staff member works with the head of a community to set up workflows for content to be approved, edited, tagged with metadata, etc. Communities can be further divided into Sub-communities, which will hold various Collections.

Collections belong to a community or multiple communities (for example, research collaborations between two communities may result in a shared collection) and house the individual content items and files.

Contact your Community's eVols administrator or write if you have questions about eVols policies.


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Appreciation is given to the University of Oregon and Massachusetts Institute of Technology for providing some of the information on these pages.

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