UNESCO has published guidelines to compare Institutional Repository Software as part of its Open Access Strategy. The software under comparison are Digital Commons,DSpace,Eprints, Fedora and Islandora. Since 2000, a number of repository platforms have been developed, each with their own set of benefits and technical criteria.This guide will help repository managers and institutions to choose which software to use. With this guide, Librarians are now truly free to compare platforms by focusing on the critical features that will address their needs and make their repositories successful.
The Comparison Categories.
The comparison is divided into eleven categories to help repository managers identify the features that are most important to building a successful institutional repository program at their institution. These are;-
- Front-End design
- Content Organisation and Control
- Content Discovery
- Publication Tools
- Social Features and Notifications
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