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Tecnical evaluation of selected open source repository solutions

Tecnical evaluation of selected open source repository solutions

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Technical Evaluation
of selected
Open Source RepositorySolutions
On behalf of 
Version1.3approved
 
www.catalyst.net.nz
 Attn: Mike O’Connormike@catalyst.net.nz
This work is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
 
 
Project:
Open Access Repositories in New Zealand
 https://eduforge.org/projects/oarinz/  Report Sponsor:
Richard Wyles
 
richard@flexible.co.nz
Report funded by the Tertiary Education Commissionof New Zealand
 
 
Technical Evaluation of Selected Open Access Repositories in New Zealand
 Prepared by CatalystIT
 
Page 2
 
Table of Contents
1.
 
ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT........................................................................................................3
 
1.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
........................................................................................................................3
 
1.2
 
O
BJECTIVES OF THIS EVALUATION
............................................................................................3
 
1.3
 
M
AJOR EVALUATION CRITERIA
.................................................................................................4
 
1.4
 
E
VALUATION
M
ETHODOLOGY
..................................................................................................5
 
2.
 
SHORT-LISTED SYSTEMS - OVERVIEWS AND FINDINGS..............................................7
 
2.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
........................................................................................................................7
 
2.2
 
DS
PACE
...................................................................................................................................7
 
2.3
 
EP
RINTS
...................................................................................................................................8
 
2.4
 
F
EDORA
...................................................................................................................................9
 
3.
 
SYSTEMS NOT SELECTED FOR FURTHER EVALUATION............................................12
 
3.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
......................................................................................................................12
 
3.2
 
ARNO...................................................................................................................................12
 
3.3
 
CDS
WARE
.............................................................................................................................12
 
3.4
 
I
-T
OR
.....................................................................................................................................13
 
4.
 
REPOSITORY EVALUATIONS...............................................................................................15
 
4.1
 
S
CALABILITY
..........................................................................................................................15
 
4.2
 
E
ASE OF WORKING ON
C
ODE
B
ASE
.........................................................................................18
 
4.3
 
S
ECURITY
...............................................................................................................................20
 
4.4
 
I
NTEROPERABILITY
................................................................................................................22
 
4.5
 
E
ASE OF
D
EPLOYMENT
..........................................................................................................25
 
4.6
 
S
YSTEM
A
DMINISTRATION
.....................................................................................................27
 
4.7
 
I
NTERNATIONALISATION
........................................................................................................28
 
4.8
 
O
PEN
S
OURCE
........................................................................................................................29
 
4.9
 
W
ORK
F
LOW
T
OOLS
..............................................................................................................31
 
4.10
 
C
OMMUNITY
K
NOWLEDGE
B
ASE
...........................................................................................32
 
5.
 
RECOMMENDATIONS.............................................................................................................36
 
5.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
......................................................................................................................36
 
5.2
 
DS
PACE CAN BE ACCOMMODATED WITHIN THE NATIONAL NETWORK
....................................36
 
5.3
 
F
EDORA AS
H
OSTED
S
OLUTION AND BACKEND FOR
N
ATIONAL
H
UB
......................................36
 
5.4
 
EP
RINTS FOR
S
ELF
-
CONFIGURING
S
OLUTION
..........................................................................37
 
5.5
 
P
OSSIBLE SCENARIO FOR USING
F
EDORA
................................................................................38
 
5.6
 
P
OTENTIAL
A
REAS OF
D
EVELOPMENT
...................................................................................39
 
6.
 
APPENDIX 1 - EVALUATION MATRIX................................................................................40
 
Revision History
Name Date Reason For Changes Version
Max Maxwell 18-05-2006 Phase 1 Specifications 1.0Jun Yamog 02-08-2006 Adding test information 1.1Richard Wyles 16-08-2006 Editing, document structuring 1.2Max Maxwell 13-09-2006 Editing, Final Draft 1.3
 
Technical Evaluation of Selected Open Access Repositories in New Zealand
 Prepared by CatalystIT
 
Page 3
 
1.
 
A
BOUT THIS DOCUMENT
 
1.1
 
I
NTRODUCTION
 
The Technical Evaluation of Open Source Repositories report wascommissioned as part of the Open Access Repositories in New Zealand(OARINZ) project. OARINZ is being undertaken by a collaboration of TertiaryInstitutions lead by the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.The project targets the three key recommendations from the National Library’s(2005) Institutional Repositories for the research sector report:1.
 
Establishment of a national network of Institutional Repositories2.
 
Support for individual institutional initiatives
3.
Adoption of a “common road map”
 
Underpinning these objectives is the need to select best-of-breed Open SourceRepository system/s for further enhancement and large-scale deploymentacross New Zealand.To maximise the effectiveness of this evaluation, a significant effort has beenmade in gaining hands on experience with each software package, thedocumentation relating to each package has been assessed, and we haveassessed each package’s development community.
1.2
 
O
BJECTIVES OF THIS EVALUATION
 
The objectives of this Technical Evaluation process are:
 
To gain understanding of the design, architecture and implementationdetails of the short-listed Repositories.
 
To evaluate the short-listed Repositories against an agreed set of criteria.
 
To pay particular attention to the long-term development andmaintenance lifespan of the short-listed Repositories.
 
To engage members of the Open Source community in the processwhere relevant.
 
To recommend the most suitable candidate Repository/s.
 
To choose a system that can aggregate published metadata and offer abureau/hosting service referred to here as The Hosted Solution and theNational Hub. This would provide a federated search of the bureau andacross the national network of separate and different repositorysystems.
 

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