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Workshop on DSpace installation

From: Joy Davidson <british.editor>
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2003
DSpace installation training workshop
September 9-11, 2003

This workshop provides training and guidance for technical staff of
institutions that are considering implementing a digital repository
using the 'DSpace' software. The workshop, organized jointly by the
DSpace@Cambridge project and ERPANET, will enable participants to
develop a knowledge of, and practical skills in the installation and
implementation of DSpace, which they can then utilise within their
own institution.

DSpace (<URL:>) is a digital repository system,
created as a joint project between MIT Libraries and the
Hewlett-Packard Company, and publicly released in November 2002 as
open-source software.

It manages and distributes digital items, made up of digital files
(or "bitstreams") and allows for the creation, indexing, and
searching of associated metadata to locate and retrieve the items.
It is also designed to support the long-term preservation of the
digital material stored in the repository.

For the user, it enables easy remote access and the ability to
search and read DSpace items from one location: the World Wide Web.

For the contributor, it offers the advantages of digital
distribution and long-term preservation for a variety of formats
including text, audio, video, images, datasets and more. Authors can
store their digital works in collections that are maintained by
DSpace "communities" within the parent institution, and these
communities (such as university departments, laboratories, and
research groups) can adapt the system to meet their individual needs
and manage the submission process themselves.

For the institution, it offers the opportunity to provide access to
all the institution's research and teaching materials in digital
format through one interface. The repository is organized to
accommodate the varying policy and workflow issues inherent in a
multi-disciplinary environment. Submission workflow and access
policies can be customized to adhere closely to each community's

The DSpace system is freely available as open-source software from
SourceForge <URL:> under the
terms of the BSD distribution licence. Open-source systems like
DSpace are available for anyone to download and run at any type of
institution, organization, or company (or even just an individual).
Users are also allowed to modify DSpace to meet an organization's
specific needs. The specific terms of use are described in the BSD
distribution licence.

The workshop will take place at the Humanities Advanced Technology
and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow
(<URL:>). HATII has donated the use
of their state-of-the art multimedia lab to enable the workshop.

Details of accommodation are available from

The workshop will begin at midday on September 9, 2003, and finish
at lunchtime September 11. Exact times and locations will be emailed
to registered participants.

The lead trainers will be Richard Rodgers (Systems Manager, DSpace
Federation, MIT, USA) and Tom De Mulder (Systems Manager,
DSpace@Cambridge, Cambridge University, UK).

The costs associated with the workshop have been kept to a minimum
through the sponsorship of the partners. Participants will be
charged #120, which will cover the cost of two dinners, and lunch
(on Wednesday) and coffee each day.

Registration: Participation in the first instance is reserved for
staff at UK institutions and in particular those from the higher and
further education sectors. As numbers are limited (25 participants
only), we would ask those interested to look carefully at the skill
set participants must have if they are to gain maximum benefit from
the workshop before submitting interest (see below).

In the first instance we can only accept one participant per
institution to maximize the distributed impact of the workshop. On
the 21st of August, any remaining places will be allocated to those
who registered an interest from other European countries and to a
possible second attendee from institutions already participating.

Skills Required: Before registering an interest to participate you
should ensure that you have the following skills.

    *   Solid, *hands-on* grasp of basic Unix system administration,
        including file permissions, users, groups and how to set
        them. Proficiency with standard utilities (tar, grep, vi,
        etc.) and shell scripts.

    *   Good understanding of the Web (http, html, ...) and ideally
        experience with web servers such as Apache and their basic

    *   Familiarity with obtaining and installing software from
        source bundles: download, de-archive, build and

    *   Prior exposure to SQL RDBMS systems, and their basic

    *   Basic working knowledge of Java, and its build environment.

    *   Some understanding of Java application servers like Tomcat,
        and some java knowledge especially with regard to JSPs

For further details of these requirements, and to register interest
see <URL:>. Your registration will be final on
payment of the course fee.

Joy Davidson
ERPANET British Editor
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII).
George Service House, 11 University Gardens,
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QJ
+44 141 330 8521
Fax: +44 141 330 3788

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