I am writing to inquire whether you, as an institution who uses DSpace for your
institutional repository, would be
interested in answering some of my questions for a research
assignment. I am currently a doctoral student at University of North
Texas; I am also a manager of Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan at Dallas
Public Library. My research assignment is to analyze DSpace, and its
effectiveness as an open source software program for institutions who use DSpace
as an institutional repository.
If it is not an imposition on your time,
would you mind answering some of my questions regarding DSpace? Please reply privately to me and
my email address is listed in the signature line.
1. Since the
launch of the DSpace in November 2002, how successful is the project as a
digital institutional repository overall, not just for MIT Libraries but for
2. According to the DSpace Instances
website, there are 79 institutions using DSpace. Is this an accurate
figure? What were MIT/HP's expectations of the number of
institutions using DSpace when the project was launched?
3. What is the general consenus on the
perception of DSpace from the community at large?
4. After reading several articles and some
threaded postings, it is my understanding that the Google Scholar has resulted
in the cancellation of the project between DSpace and Google. What
are your thoughts on this subject?
5. Could you describe any upcoming
projects in relation to DSpace?
6. As you look back, has DSpace met the
developer's original expectations? How will DSpace evolve in the next five
This is a question for MIT and Hewlett
As the colloboration between Hewlett Packard and MIT
Libraries is approaching its fifth year, will the partnership continue beyond
the five-year project? What are the upcoming goals for the
continuing partnership, if any?
Thank you for your assistance in this
Mary Jo VenetisUNT Doctoral
StudentDallas Public Librarymjvenetis@sbcglobal.net