Re: EPrints, DSpace or ESpace?

From: Jean-Yves Le Meur <Jean-Yves.Le.Meur_at_CERN.CH>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 14:24:57 +0100

I want to add to Stevan's remark that the free availability of many
different software for self-archiving is intended to boost the OA
movement, not to slow it down !
And if CERN has also released last year its document server as GNU (from
<>), it is with the idea that it may fit well the
needs of some large institutions willing to start self archiving in a
similar way as it is done at CERN - and not at all to compete with

I do hope that more and more OAI-compliant software will emerge in the
coming years and that they will offer a large range of solutions among
which institutions can freely choose !

JY Le Meur.

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On Tue, 11 Feb 2003, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> 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:
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