DSpace Blows out 10 candles

On November 18th 2002, two weeks after the official release, Robert Tansley sent the email message below to the OAI-General email list.

DSpace (tm) 1.0 Released

HP Labs and MIT Libraries are pleased to announce that version 1.0 of the DSpace institutional repository software platform is available for download, evaluation, and use. DSpace is an open source digital asset management software platform that enables institutions to capture and describe digital works using a submission workflow module; distribute an institution's digital works over the web through a search and retrieval system; and store and preserve digital works over the long term. DSpace runs on a variety of hardware platforms, and supports OAI-PMH version 2.0. MIT Libraries has deployed DSpace 1.0 in full production at MIT and is actively working with seven other institutions in the US, Canada and the UK to explore federation models and services that build on the DSpace platform.

DSpace at MIT is a registered data provider with the Open Archives Initiative. We'd like to thank Jeff Young and OCLC for the OAICat software, and the impressive and speedy support of its use.

DSpace project Web site: http://dspace.org/
DSpace at MIT: http://libraries.mit.edu/dspace
DSpace source code: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dspace/

Robert Tansley / Hewlett-Packard Laboratories / +44 (0)117 312 9116

Apart from Rob's telephone number at that time, the three links are still working today. How's that for digital preservation?

DSpace Today and Tomorrow

Condensing everything that happened over these past ten years in a few paragraphs is a daunting task. A general round of thanks would be appropriate, together with the confirmation that the platform is more alive and kicking than ever before. However, instead of going there, let's just highlight a few unique properties of DSpace resulting from a decade of evolution.

DSpace has a balanced software eco system based on merit. DSpace is officially governed by Duraspace, an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. In practice, the organization positions itself as a lightweight support structure for the global community of users, developers and service providers. Everyone is free not only to report bugs or suggest new ideas but also to actively participate in the improvement of the platform. This position enabled institutions to get their own local customizations accepted as general improvements to the platform and service providers like @mire to flourish.

Uptake around the globe. The DSpace Registry lists over 1200 repositories world wide. Stakeholders from different countries and language communities have found each other and linked up on local discussion lists, for example in Russia and the Czech republic.

Jump back in time to some of the earliest emails on the dspace-tech mailinglist if this has made you feel nostalgic. We can't wait to see what the next 10 years will bring.