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Provisioning HEAL-DSpace Software as a Service

The HEAL-DSpace Institutional Repository (IR) service is offered to, the Academic Institutions, and not only to them, in the form of Software As a Service (Saas). HEAL's Central Implementation team offers to both the institutions that joined the program during the design phase, as well as to institutions implementing standalone programs, the following capabilities:

  • Parameterization and installation on VMs (Virtual Machines) supplied by the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET).
  • Automatic meta-data enrichment services, using data from international electronic source librarian databases (e.g. WoS, Scopus, Microsoft Academic Search).
  • Base infrastructure Maintenance and upgrade services of DSpace versions, as produced by the international DSpace implementation community, aiming to homogenize the IR functionality.
  • Access to detailed documentation and additional tools produced during the IR enrichment phase.
  • Help and training desk, targeted at technical administrators.

 

The main benefits of choosing and deploying the service are the following:

  • More concise and complete picture of academic and research activity results, taking place within the participating institutes/organizations, thanks to the simultaneous IR search provided by HEAL Central Search Portal (beta version).
  • More effective available knowledge mapping for participating institutions/organizations, thanks to the thematic and semantic search on the bulk of their items.
  • Available material volume increase, as a result of promoting institutional policies for IR item submission, combined with the items' overall quality improvement thanks to adhering to quality specifications.
  • Wider international promotion of scientific/academic material produced by the participating institutions/organizations, as well as greater influence of the international research community, by registering the central IR access portal in widely visited international IR catalogs.

 

Some of the main features offered by the HEAL-DSpace software, explicitly implemented by HEAL for this version, include:

  • Creation of the "HEAL Meta" meta-data registry, as specified in the Minimum functional and technical IR requirements issue.
  • Ability to use different meta-data fields per item type (e.g. bachelor theses, journal articles etc.), during submission to the same collection.
  • Multilingual messages and help text, during the submission process.
  • Language selection support for desired fields, during the submission process.
  • Hidden files support per item, selectable by the end-user and/or the administration staff.
  • Remote Subject Headings suggestion service integration, during submission, communicating with HEAL Central Search Portal.
  • Custom OAI-PMH Crosswalk, able to export meta-data in compliance with the HEAL XSD meta-data schema.
  • Custom OAI-PMH Crosswalk, able to export meta-data in compliance with the OpenAIRE v3 guidelines.
  • Embargo implementation, in compliance with policies set by HEAL XSD.

 

For more information on how to obtain access to the service here.

 

As part of the service, the IRs listed in the table below have been implemented and deployed so far:

Institution  URL HEAL-META Compatibility  Comments
 NTUA  http://dspace.lib.ntua.gr/ Compatible HEAL-Meta meta-data available for new items. Legacy items, dating back to the old IR version, contain Dublin Core meta-data.
 Epirus TEI  http://apothetirio.teiep.gr Compatible  
 Athens TEI  http://hypatia.teiath.gr Compatible  
University of Peloponnese http://195.251.38.253:8080/xmlui Not Compatible  
Kavala TEI http://83.212.168.57 In Progress In Pilot operation period
Central Macedonia TEI http://apothesis.teicm.gr/ In Progress In Pilot operation period
University of the Aegean http://195.251.130.45:8080/ In Progress In Pilot operation period

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