Re: EPrints, DSpace or ESpace?

From: <hbosc_at_TOURS.INRA.FR>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 13:50:10 +0100

Don't forget CERN Document Server Software (CDSware)

At 12:42 11/02/03 +0000, vous avez écrit:
>It is rather ironic that a choice between two free self-archiving
>softwares should lately be holding up self-archiving!
> "Should I use or
> as my Institutional Self-Archiving Software?
>The short answer is: It doesn't matter! Use either one!
>EPrints and DSpace are both free, both open-source, both OAI-compliant,
>both interoperable, both equivalent in the functionality relevant to
>self-archiving, and even both written initially by the same programmer
>(Southampton's Rob Tansley)!
>The two free software packages are of comparable
>complexity, both built using established technologies. So
>choose one or the other
> and start self-archiving!
>(And if you should change your mind about the software, you can switch
>and migrate your archive's content from one to the other later.)
>Because the real 1st, 2nd, and 3rd priority today is not
>software-choice but *content*: *filling* those institutional
>archives as soon as possible with all your institution's refereed
>research output, so as to maximise its potential research impact
> -- which
>is otherwise being needlessly lost, daily.
>Thus the only option to be avoided at all costs is "ESpace": an
>empty or non-existent institutional archive! The best way to
>ensure the filling of your institutional refereed research
>archives is to adopt an institutional self-archiving policy
> such
>as or even a national one:
>The California Institute of Technology
>is developing an institutional self-archiving strategy
>for its Caltech Collection of Open Digital Archives (CODA)
>-- a strategy other institutions may find worth emulating
>So please do take your choice of the two free softwares; the differences
>are trivial. And then get on to the far more important part: Filling
>those archives, by self-archiving all your institutional research output!
>Stevan Harnad
>NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
>access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at
>the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02):
> or
>Discussion can be posted to:
>See also the Budapest Open Access Initiative:
>the Free Online Scholarship Movement:
>the OAI site:
>and the self-archiving FAQ:

Helene Bosc
Unite Physiologie de la Reproduction
et des Comportements
UMR 6073 INRA-CNRS-Universite de Tours
37380 Nouzilly
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