I have been looking into the potential viability of a digital portal for our researchers and have taken notice of MIT's proposal.  I am a bit concerned, however, that, at least to the best of my understanding, that it seems to aim to be a central repository for research efforts, which runs counter to the more recent trend of decentralization. I'd prefer to see more efforts in setting standards and protocols for communication between distributed repositories. 
 
 
 
Karen R. Harker, MLS
UT Southwestern Medical Library
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>>> "Dovey , John <pjcd@sun.ac.za>" <pjcd@sun.ac.za> 11/8/02 5:07:20 AM >>>
Hi,

Has anyone else here been looking at the MIT Dspace project? I see that
their announced date for release of the software was the 4th
November..... I am most interested in other people's opinions about this
software/project and the likelyhood of it being taken up by more
institutions..

John


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