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Overview of ScholarSpace
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library



What is ScholarSpace?

ScholarSpace is an open-access, digital institutional repository for the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) community. The repository is a database with a set of services to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute the university's scholarly research in digital format.

The Repository's Mission Statement

ScholarSpace, the institutional repository of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is established to support students, faculty, and staff at the University in their processes of studying, teaching, and conducting research. This is achieved by facilitating a managed environment where scholarly content in digital form can be stored, preserved, and disseminated online and made available for the international community.

ScholarSpace at the University of Hawai at Manoa

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

The repository will store the intellectual works and unique collections of this academic community and provide a permanent web location for those accessing these resources. It also has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve digital materials created in any part of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.

ScholarSpace System

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

ScholarSpace 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 ScholarSpace 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 ScholarSpace administrator or write if you have questions about ScholarSpace 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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