What is DSpace?

DSpace is a platform that allows you to capture items in any format – in text, video, audio, and data. It distributes it over the web. It indexes your work, so users can search and retrieve your items. It preserves your digital

work over the long term.

DSpace provides a way to manage your research materials and publications in a professionally maintained repository to give them greater visibility and accessibility over time.

D-Space is one of the best and most widely used open source repository software package typically used for creating open access repositories for scholarly and/or published digital content. While D-Space shares some feature overlap with content management systems and document management systems, the D-Space repository software serves a specific need as a digital archives system, focused on the long-term storage, access and pre

servation of digital content. D-Space was developed by MIT and HP it Giant in 2002, and latest version in D-Space 7.0

DSpace is typically used as an institutional repository. It has three main roles:

  1. Facilitate the capture and ingest of materials, including metadata about the materials
  2. Facilitate easy access to the materials, both by listing and searching
  3. Facilitate the long term preservation of the materials


The first public version of DSpace was released in November 2002, as a joint effort between developers from MIT and HP Labs. Following the first user group meeting in March 2004, a group of interested institutions formed the DSpace Federation, which determined the governance of future software development by adopting the Apache Foundation’s community development model as well as establishing the DSpace Committer Group. In July 2007 as the DSpace user community grew larger, HP and MIT jointly formed the DSpace Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provided leadership and support. In May 2009 collaboration on related projects and growing synergies between the DSpace Foundation and the Fedora Commons organization led to the joining of the two organizations to pursue their common mission in a not-for-profit called DuraSpace Currently the DSpace software and user community receives leadership and guidance from DuraSpace.


DSpace is constructing with Java web applications and many programs and an associated metadata store. The web applications provide interfaces for administration, deposit, ingest, search, and access. This web application is maintained the file of the system or storage system. The metadata is stored in a relational database and supports the use of PostgreSQL and Oracle database. DSpace holdings are made available primarily via a web interface, more recent versions of DSpace also support faceted search and browse functionality using Apache Solr.


Some most important features of DSpace are as follows.

  • Free open source software
  • Completely customizable to fit user needs
  • Manage and preserve all format of digital content (PDF,Word, JPEG, MPEG, TIFF files)
  • Apache SOLR based search for metadata and full text contents
  • UTF-8 Support
  • Interface available in 22 languages
  • Granular group based access control, allowing setting permissions down to the level of individual files
  • Optimized for Google Scholar indexing

Operating systems

DSpace software runs on Linux, Solaris, Unix, Ubuntu and Windows. It can also be installed on OS X. Linux is by far the most common OS for DSpace.

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