DSpace, λογισμικό ψηφιακών βιβλιοθηκών: μελέτη και εφαρμογή στα Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Αποθετήρια
DSpace, digital libraries software: study and implementation on the Greek Academic Repositories
DSpace is an open source program, which is primarily used at the Institutional Repositories in order to be managed at the best way possible with the aim to be easily recoverable and accessible by the users who search them. It is currently used globally by 1782 organisations and applications have already began to be designed to allow its use by small portable devices, such as mobile phones. DSpace provides a basic infrastructure, on which post data can be stored together with various vocabulary shapes and its work flow is divided in 3 basic stages: submission, approval and, finally, publication. On the other hand, users are divided into categories with different authorizations each depending on the use and rank they possess at the Institutional Repositories. Because of DSpace, the open access Institutional Repositories have now become a reality for Greek academic institutions. Officially, in Greece, 12 universities are using it including mainly diploma theses but also doctoral dissertations. Although Greek institutional repositories are few compared to the numerous universities that exist in Greece, the data they use are disproportionately many, 52 in total, which indicates the non common policy in managing their repositories.